It’s that time of year again! The vines are bursting at the seams, the grapes are (just) starting to change colour and all the wine folk in the Valley are thinking very hard about harvest this year. Thanks to the cooler and wetter conditions we’ve had for the last several months it looks like we’ll be picking 2 or 3 weeks later this year so we’re anticipating the first pick of Chardonnay for our Sparkling White will take place around mid February. That gives us a nice chance to get the winery clean and tidy for the first crush and we’ve got the team on board scrubbing and prepping like crazy.
The upside is that this cooler and longer ripening period should foresee some beautiful grapes for us to make wine with – cooler nights will help keep acid high and flavours should be wonderful. That’s all assuming that Mother Nature continues to be so kind to us… fingers crossed!