2018 Harvest Update
The New Year is upon us, the sun’s shining, the nets are out, the grapes are developing and the presses have been uncovered. It’s an exciting time at Voyager Estate - the 2018 vintage is on its way! Our production team estimates a 8th or 9th of February start of harvest, but there’s plenty of work to be done before then.
Since the beginning of the year, our viticulture team have been busily delivering rolls of nets around to all the Chardonnay vineyards as the berries are just starting to show some colour development, making them rather noticeable and appetising to the local birdlife. Pictured is our Gin Gin Chardonnay, already showing beautiful bunches.
They’re trimming vines back into shape too. Yes, even vineyards get to have a “haircut” every now and again! It’s as much for the benefit of the workers (who no longer need to fight their way through a jungle of unruly canes), as it is for the vines, maximising light and air flow in the canopy, which helps ripening and lowers the chance of disease but also because, once the growing tips are cut back, the vines tend to slow vegetal growth, channelling all that extra energy into ripening the berries.
Wandering through the winery you notice lots of maintenance going on – we certainly don’t want our presses, pumps and other equipment breaking down on us while we have our precious berries waiting to be processed.
The distinctive and magnificent smell of oak hits you when you visit the barrel hall to discover stacks of empty barrels patiently awaiting use. The winemaking team have spent copious hours emptying and meticulously cleaning some, blending their contents ready for bottling. Others are brand new, still wrapped in the cling film that protected them as they sailed across the oceans toward their new home in Margaret River.
And of course, there’s plenty more to do before we’ll be able to ready to start picking those grapes and crafting the 2018 wines…. Stay tuned.