Down on the farm
Ariel Eberle, "they said I'd get all the good jobs!"
We had a kind of a weird vintage in 2011. A season of two halves! Super hot in the months leading up to Christmas and then generally cool and damp right through to harvest. A very mixed bag and not without problems. The hot and dry conditions pre Christmas proved ideal for powdery mildew and then the cool wettish conditions post Christmas resulted in some botrytis pressure in Central previously almost unheard of! Our poor vineyard team were under serious pressure as the normally benign Central Otago summer threw these curved balls. The resultant wines look pretty good at this early stage, but the Jury is still out re the 2011 vintage quality. We had a great vintage crew though Dave from Australia, Abby from NZ and Ariel from America, shown here cleaning out one of the pinot fermenters