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Vintage Report 2024

Riesling Fruit

A dry start to the season saw one of the earliest vintages on record. Record temperatures and revolving heatwaves made ripening conditions difficult. Spring and the lead into summer was dry with our last significant rainfall in September. However, quality looked good, but volume was down.

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Vintage Report 2023

"It is what it is!" After a dry spring we had cool conditions this vintage providing a perplexing vintage of both a dry and cool vintage in one. I have never seen one like it before. We started Vintage on March 18th for a small hand pick of Chardonnay and Pinot. Usually, we start the first weekend of March but a later start reflected the cool condi...

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Vintage Report 2022

76E090C8-A3EF-461F-896E-3DBAE5F45384 Harvesting the Reds

Vintage Part 1 Vintage started 2 weeks later than previous years but in some ways like the old days. Leading up to vintage we had a wet winter/ spring but in summer we had some brutal heats waves and beastly eastly winds. The change of season came early and by April things are looking for very autumn with significant rainfalls. With average tempera...

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21D5A3E4-D3E3-49D4-8B7E-11587439A32_20210518-051939_1 Riesling looking awesome!

Customer delight, winemaker fright! …..would be the tag line for V21 After 2 years of lower volumes and drier years. This year was a reminder of what vintage is always like, fast pace as you battle the weather. Did you love the 2013 reds? Intense in flavour. Well, that is 2021. Big wines, big flavours and not that easy to juggle in the winery. The ...

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What the Whole Bunch?

Ever heard of whole bunch fermentation? The difference is, usually red wine fermentation involves the grapes being hand picked or mechanically picked, then put through a crusher destemmer which lightly breaks the skins and removes the stems. The grapes juice is then pump to an open fermenter where the skins and seeds play a big part in the colour, ...

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Vintage 2020…. where does one even begin?

2007 was the earliest vintage we ever did, and we started on 16th Feb. This year we started on 16th Feb picking our chardonnay. Volumes were down again due to dry conditions and this year vintage conditions look like last year.

High temperatures leading into vintage brought on an early season however over the past 10 years you can see summer and winter rains being normal but spring and autumns rains significantly lower.

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We are very excited here at Galafrey Wines to be working with Drone by Home a new delivery service via drone in these self-isolating times. Drone by Home have worked with many big companies' delivery products straight to your door. You can now order your wine online; pick a delivery time and we will literally fly the wine to your doorstep! For more...

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Things to See and Do in Mount Barker WA

By a local…. Kim Tyrer CEO & Winemaker Hiya- I am writing this post to give people a better idea of what is available in my hometown. As a tourism town we are often overlooked for Albany and Denmark. I also get frustrated as most people don't know what's available in town so wanted to write a post about a few touristy things. Please note these ...

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Galafrey Long Table Lunch 2019

A pictorial journey of our Long Table Lunch 2019 

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Vintage 2019 in Pictures

A pictorial journey through Vintage 2019 

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My Busiest Holidays Yet by Jack

My nine-year-old son wrote a holiday report which despite giving me "mummy guilt" really show how the vintage went from his eyes. My Busiest Holidays Yet by Jack On the holidays me and my family where so busy at the winery we had to make wine we only have like half an hour each day. On the next day it was the same. I wished that one day my family a...

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Vintage 2019 was one of the most difficult vintages I can remember. If I think of our least favourable vintages, they would be 2005, 2006,2007 and this vintage had moments of all of them. Starting the March Long Weekend as usual but quickly noticed our volume was down, significantly down. The flavour looks good for the Chardonnay however we will ha...

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Vintage 2018 Report


If I must describe V18 in one word it would be patience. V18 started very quickly and with social media these days I started to see people in my region start to pick their fruit, as I started to think we should start too. But then I reminded myself to run my own race and question myself as to why are should we pick now. There is no disease pressure...

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Congratulations Kim Tyrer Galafrey CEO & Winemaker wins ACCI Business Person of the Year


On Friday Night was the Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Annual Business Awards. Galafrey Wines was a finalist which was fantastic but Kim came away with the win for Business Person of the year Award." Congratulations to the amazing Kim Tyrer winner of the ACCI Business Person of the Year. Truly dedicated to her industry, her town, her regio...

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Vintage Snap Shot for the Years- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines


2018 V18 started very quickly but with no desease or weather pressure we were able to have extra hang time for all wines especially reds resulting in higher than average alcohols and ripeness. The Great Southern area will be showing great ripeness and power not often seen in our wines. Look for great floral aromas in whites, intensity and power in ...

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Media Release- Galafrey Wines Celebrates 40 Years


GALAFREY WINES CELEBRATES 40 YEARSIt's been a long road with lots of ups and downs. None more so than the last 15 years.In 1976 Ian and Linda Tyrer left their high-profile jobs in the computer industry and searched for a country lifestyle in rural WA. With the new an emerging wine industry in WA Ian and Linda started to do their homework. They sear...

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Celebrating 40 Years Part 2- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines


Move back to vineyard…...In 1993 we moved the winery back to the vineyard building a custom built shed. To make things interesting we moved during vintage. Tank were drop off outside the shed, as the grapes cam in dad picked a tank brought it inside and filled it. Crazy times. It was nicknamed Camp Quangellup as we camp most nights there during vin...

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Celebrating 40 Years Part 1-Galafrey Wines Australian Wines


 Celebrating 40 years 1977-2017"When Ian Tyrer first moved to Mt Barker to set up Galafrey Wines he made an agreement with his Melbourne-born wife, Linda. He said after six months he would ask her if she liked what they were doing and if she did not they would move back east." Twenty two years on I still have not ask that question" Ian Tyrer s...

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The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society Q&A with Winemaker Kim Tyrer


From a childhood of grape 'slavery' in the family vineyards to CEO and winemaker for Galafrey Wines, and finalist in the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards, Kim Tyrer is one of Western Australia's most fabulous ladies of wine. Read her story. When, why and how did you first enter the wine industry?In 1976, my parents brought a property in Mount B...

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Vintage Report 2017- Galafrey Wines Australian Wines


While a later than normal start to vintage it was reminiscent of vintages 10 years ago. It has been so dry in previous years I think we all forgot what it was like to have a wet year!To give you an idea in 2015 we got 650mm and in 2016 844mm. Our average rainfall sits around 600-700mm. So far, this year we have had 136 mm. However, we were lucky no...

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