March Harvest Update
Despite what has been a rather challenging season, I am happy to report that we completed our white grape harvest on the 22nd of March. Below is a video of me from a few weeks ago, checking in on the Chardonnay hand-pick in our Broadvale vineyard.
Although the harvest was delayed by nearly three weeks, the cooler conditions have been excellent for flavour development and acid retention in the fruit. The team is thrilled with the overall quality of the wines we have in the winery, with Chardonnay being a particular standout – showing excellent flavour profiles and concentration. The yields have been slightly higher than average which has also contributed to the slightly slower ripening of the grapes.
The red grapes, however, are following a more “normal” pattern and the heavy crop thinning regime we carried out pre-veraison has them in excellent shape as they move into their final stage of ripening. The tannins already look terrific across all of the red varieties with nice ripe seeds and skins. With a couple of weeks of beautiful autumn weather forecast, we are now just waiting to see the final flavour development and concentration to occur in the fruit before we commence the red harvest early next week.
The Cabernet Sauvignon looks amazing and is loving the cool nights and warm days we are currently experiencing, as it looks to build something really special in 2017.