This is the time of year when everyone is thinking of Christmas holidays, gift giving, trips to the beach (in the southern hemisphere at least) and long lunches. For many in the wine game though it’s also one of the busiest times of year and we are more likely to be found pondering final blending options, label printing and bookings at the bottling hall! For ‘tis the season to get a whole bunch of our 2015 reds into bottle so that they can rest safely over the summer ready for next winter’s release (or later) and free up both barrels and tanks for next year’s harvest which is drawing upon us at great speed.
What’s particularly gratifying is that the 2015s are showing to be a set of truly exciting wines, showing great class, elegance and ageability. The fruit profile is bright and fresh with lovely plump darks fruits and a lovely backbone of fine tannins and acidity. These are wines that will age beautifully and show great balance.
Anyway, the wines are all in tank ready to go and bottling starts on Monday so I’d best have one last taste to make sure I’m happy with them…!