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Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:01

2013 Harvest Update

2013 Harvest Update

 

The late-starting 2013 harvest has now picked up speed and is proving to be as full-on as we expected it to be.  The first Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes for still wine were picked on 29/30/31st of August, the latest start date ever for still wine!  In that first tranche we also picked our small block of Muscat, which came in with its usual intense aromatics – proving once again a little goes a long way!

 

As usual, we don't pick all of the same variety at once.  Our goal is to obtain a flavour spectrum from our fruit, so we take some deliberately early for vibrant varietal characteristics and acidity and then later picks for more luxurious texture and sugar content.  So that being said a little under one week later we harvested a second tranche of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

 

At that stage we were forced to pause due to torrential rain (65mm), which meant that there was a risk of dilution as the vines absorbed the water and quite frankly we couldn't take a tractor or harvester into the vineyards!

 

As of yesterday morning we were able to start again, when we were taking the first harvest from our new block of Roussanne and Viognier, whose yields were remarkably healthy for their first year.  This is most likely due to the wet spring we had this year, which has meant no hydric stress across the vineyards.  We were also starting to pick some early reds for Rosé and will be continuing with this over the next couple of days in addition to harvesting some Merlot for red wine.

 

The early mornings don't get any easier, but it is good to already have a third of our grapes off the vines and the juice safely in the winery.  The fruit is clean and we're delighted with the quality so far, which makes it all worthwhile!

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 09:14

Vintage 2012 Week 2

Vintage 2012 - Week 2

 

Last night, at the end of the second week of vintage 2012, we had to postpone harvesting for the first time this year, due to storms.  Up until now the weather has been sunny, settled and extremely hot, accelerating grape maturity and ensuring a steady flow of white and rosé juice entering the winery!  The storm only brought 8 mm of rain, which is not significant, therefore we will not have to worry about dilution of the berries and can continue with the harvest as soon as possible.  More worrying was the threat of hail, which could have been devastating to our crop, but happily this threat has not materialised ... yet!

 

The second week brought in a second 150 hectolitre lot of Merlot for Rosé and three press loads of Sauvignon Blanc.  The winery feels as though it is filling up fast!  More Sauvignon Blanc was due to be picked this morning, but weather permitting, we should be able to bring it in tonight.  The temperature is much cooler after the storm and the vines will be appreciating this and the sprinkling of rain after the 40 degree C temperatures we experienced last week.

 

In two weeks we’re already a quarter of the way through the harvest – but it still feels like we’ve got a long way to go!

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