2016 Truffle season is open
The main season for Black Winter Truffle in the Yarra Valley typically runs throughout both July & August, (with a fair chance of September truffles this year, as long as overnight temperatures remain low)
Our Online shop is now open, delivery via express post. Retail outlets are being arranged in the Yarra Valley & are being listed as arrangements are finalised.
We also wholesale larger quantities to restaurants, some of these will be listed on this site.
Harvest days will be spread further this year, both early & mid-week, first supplying mail orders, then restaurants for end of week meals.
Contact Us to arrange supply.
1st August 2016
HARVESTED; (unreserved and available)
CONFIRMED; (located, commenced ripening, but not yet ready)
- Next week harvest will be in full swing. Large numbers of Trufs in all stages of ripening, picking only the fully ripe ones is the tricky part.
POTENTIAL; (sites paw marked by dog, but not yet exposed, due to either total lack of aroma, or too slight to disturb yet)
- ~70% of known crop will develop aromas later in season
Not all truffles are detected early, deeper ones only make their presence known close to maturity when the dog can smell them, so the list above is only indicative of next harvest. Also any Time estimates of when a truffle will be ripe are approximate, ripening time varies by size, depth, location and weather.
- 11th/12th has been fantastic. Truffles harvested, ripening truffles located for confirmation next harvest. New truffles outnumber the little lost to rot (and the rabbit)
- 10/7 Dawn survey, there's a lot more trees to cover, hopefully the rain holds off. Online Store is ready, third party testing underway, finalising tonight.
- 9/7 Survey completed top third of truffiére. 282 trufs numbered. 10 rotten, replaced by 12 new discoveries.
Some definites for Mon/Tues, more for mid-week, and a range of 1-2 week truffles ripening well. Top third covered, mid portion has ~60% of this year's known harvest, hopefully weather remains dry.
Two primo trufs spotted so far. There is always variation in truffle qualities, these are exceptional truffles which are the equivalent of Reserve vintages. They already have great aroma to match extra/first class, but are too firm and at least a week remains until they reach their peak quality. This year these will be sold for a premium, eaten, or experimentally returned to truffiére to try and spread the extra quality.
- 8/7 group of visiting chef's left with the first properly ripe truffle of the season.
- 6/7/16 Further survey, in the few dry periods today confirmed the ready date as next week. Initial harvest is likely 40% of full weekly volume which will be attained within a week or two. If cold weather continues through August, the season may extend into September this year.
- 5/7/16 10% trees surveyed, new trufs, new tree, ripening trufs (light & medium) but not as advanced as those deeper in the truffiére, continuing survey Wed.
Season start is always a little frustrating, properly ripe truffles always take a little longer than the more predictable mid season truffles. We now know to make allowances for this delay, and it is well worth the wait. Nature won't be hurried.
June tasks; -technically winter, but June is late Autumn this year
- Monitor developing aroma's, and ripening of pre-season truffles;
- 30/6/16 Medium aroma's present, potential for Wed 6th July -confirmation will be posted here, following week Tue 12th onwards is certain.
- 26/6/16 The weekend's Antarctic blast has seen several frosts, and nearby snow. Perfect for kicking the truffles into gear, confirming signs should be present by mid week.
- 20/6/16 There are some nice aromas developing on schedule, ripening seems on track for early to mid July season release.
- 14/6/16 a nice frost, normal overnight temperatures forecast.
- 11/6/16 some ripening colours and light aroma's, current best guess approx 3-4 weeks till season
- Autumn leaves finally cleared towards the end of June, leaf litter was raked/mulched to reduce pest habitat. A few new truffles are still breaking surface each week, but ~75% already located and protected. Remainder will only be located when ripening and indicated by truffle dogs during season.
- Time permitting;
- Outside facilities & grading area
- Coolroom construction for; -contingency ice, shipping storage, a mobile biological laboratory for truffles
- Marketing (difficult without a ripe product)
- Hunt the rabbits causing damage, or finish fencing improvements.