School re­leases wine

Myrtleford Times - - News -

BRIGHT P12 Col­lege has more than 300 bot­tles of wine to sell as part of the school’s an­nual col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ringer Reef win­ery.

The 2018 vin­tage of 12 Bright Vines - a project un­der­taken each year by Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing (VCAL) stu­dents - pro­duced 329 bot­tles of Sauvi­gnon Blanc.

Af­ter pick­ing 400kg of grapes in 2017, the schools vine­yard only yielded 40kg this year af­ter being hit with downy mildew af­ter a wet De­cem­ber.

An even big­ger con­tri­bu­tion of grapes pro­vided by Ringer Reef en­sured the project would again hap­pen in what was the fifth year of the part­ner­ship.

The an­nual project sees the school’s year 10, 11 and 12 VCAL stu­dents in­volved in the whole wine mak­ing process from pick­ing the grapes through to bot­tling the fi­nal prod­uct.

As well as work­ing with Ringer Reef’s Mark Holm the stu­dents are taught how to prune and thin the school’s vines with the help of Pore­punkah vi­gneron Mick Dal­bosco.

Year nine vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion and de­sign stu­dents are also in­volved each year being asked to cre­ate a la­bel with Lau­ren Bartlett’s de­sign cho­sen for this year’s bot­tle.

Year 12 chem­istry stu­dents also spend a day at Ringer Reef in Pore­punkah us­ing an­a­lyt­i­cal chem­istry tech­niques to mea­sure the al­co­hol con­tent, pH and sul­phur diox­ide con­tent of the wine.

Stu­dent Ava Kozuharoff said it was a big team ef­fort and at a wine launch on Fri­day night and thanked Mark and Julie Holm and the Ringer Reef team for their on­go­ing sup­port of the VCAL wine pro­gram.

On the night Mark Holm pre­sented a cheque to Bright P12 Col­lege prin­ci­pal Jean Ol­ley for $3000 which was the pro­ceeds from the sale of last year’s wine.

The money will be used to fund the project into the fu­ture as well as fund other stu­dent projects such as ca- reers ex­cur­sions and al­co­hol ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

Mr Holm said the Ringer Reef was very proud to part­ner with the school.

“For the stu­dents to get an in­sight into lo­cal in­dus­try in this case wine pro­duc­tion meth­ods is a re­ally great thing and some­thing we’re re­ally happy to be a part of,” he said.

“The rain in De­cem­ber caused some prob­lems at the lit­tle Bright vine­yard but these things hap­pen, we had some trou­ble our­selves and lost a fair bit of our crop but that’s pri­mary pro­duc­tion for you.

“We topped up with our fruit and with the help of the stu­dents we were able to pro­duce a wine that I’m pretty happy with.

“It’s a great thing for the school to be able to turn a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars’ worth of fruit into valu­able fin­ished prod­uct with pro­ceeds being do­nated back.”

The 2018 12 Bright Vines can be pur­chased from the Ringer Reef Win­ery or you can com­plete an or­der from at the Bright P12 Col­lege of­fice.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

NEW DROP: Bright P12 Col­lege teacher Libby Dean, stu­dent Ava Kozuharoff and prin­ci­pal Jean Ol­ley with Ringer Reef’s Mark Holm.

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