Harvest February 26, 2019
Following on from the cooler than average summer weather conditions, vintage 2019 is now underway.
Almost two weeks later than what I would call a “normal season”, our first harvest was on Thursday last week, with a small pick of Clone 95 Chardonnay from our Broadvale Block 11 vineyard. This was first crop fruit off three year old vines, destined for our Girt by Sea Chardonnay and, the team is very excited by the future potential of this young vineyard.
Monday saw some more Clone 95 Chardonnay handpicked from our Estate Block 10 and today, some beautifully flavoured Gingin clone Chardonnay from Broadvale Block 5. The warmer days and evenings we are currently experiencing will see us embark on a steady regime of harvesting Chardonnay fruit over the next 10 days.
The cool, dry weather is perfect for the ripening of the whites, with slow sugar accumulation, beautiful flavour development and, excellent retention of fresh natural acidity.
It is a very busy time in the vineyards – harvesting the fruit, green thinning the reds and netting to protect our precious crop from the steady influx of birds due to the lack of blossom on the native trees.
It’s nice to finally feel a bit of summer weather in the air. Be sure to pop in and see the vineyard in full bloom while you can.
Steve James, Head of Winemaking & Viticulture