Harvest March 19, 2019
Following on from the nice steady harvesting of our Chardonnay, the past couple of weeks we have been busy harvesting our Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc.
Most of our Chenin Blanc fruit was handpicked in five separate parcels this season for inclusion into our sparkling wine. Currently fermenting in stainless steel tanks, the fruit has a lovely light floral lemon character, combined with low sugar and good natural acidity, which will provide the base for a cracking version of this wine.
A small portion of Weightmans Block 1 Chenin Blanc, identified as a special little parcel for a Project wine, was hand harvested this morning. Pressing to older oak puncheons with high solids and wild yeast fermentation, will craft a complex, textural, barrel fermented style of Chenin Blanc.
The mild weather and the higher than normal humidity that we have been experiencing over the past couple of weeks has seen the fruit ripen nicely and develop excellent flavours at relatively low sugar levels. The tropical fruit flavours we look for in our Sauvignon Blanc came on very quickly this year,resulting in a few very busy days in both the vineyard and winery to capture the flavours during the optimum ripeness window. Semillon as usual provides zesty citrus flavours and, contributes palate weight and structure to the blend.
The reds are ripening nicely and, I anticipate we will be close to harvesting some of our early Shiraz blocks later next week.
Bring on more of this nice warm sunny weather!
Steve James, Head of Winemaking & Viticulture