Down on the farm
vintage 2018 has began
20 March 2018
This season was dominated by growth. It was either very fast growing like we experienced in the spring, or slow growing as the plants struggled with the high temperatures in January.
Our dedicated staff worked frantically to keep up with the vines as they grew enormously pre Christmas and it soon became apparent that we would be in for an early harvest.
Veraison happened in a flash and the berries filled with colour rapidly. We have experienced some very cool nights so we should be creating some fantastic flavour profiles when combined with the early autumn warmth.
On the 13th March the first of the grapes that we picked was chardonnay and next in line that day was pinot noir from the 'tiger' block.
Finishing at an early 7pm, the first day of vintage had been a great success!
No doubt there will be many late nights, and an arrangement of good wine and beer as our amazing vintage team works hard through this years harvest.