Vintage Report 2012.

Jul 16, 2012

It seems like half a lifetime ago, yet flowering was only back in December. And it was COLD!! (a lot cooler than we needed for good fruit set) - we were heading for lower than usual crops.
Now, all the grapes are in and our concerns have been confirmed - VERY small crops of grapes around the region, however the quality is, I guess with one bad thing we have managed to get a positive!!
The harvest started on March 27th with the Pinot Noir grapes for the Rosé, about a week and a half later than our normal start date. The unusually cool weather not only reduced the crop, but also delayed the ripening, however we were blessed with an April was one of the sunniest for eighty years and possibly one of the driest, with only 35mm of rain falling for the entire month. This "magic run of weather" meant fantastic slow ripening, in a season we really thought might be "not so magic". The bulk of the grapes were picked between April 10th and April 28th, with the very last grapes arriving at the winery on May 5th.
The juice and soon to be wines are all safely tucked away in the winery - The Sauvignon Blancs from across all our vineyard sites are looking very promising, showing wonderful intensity of flavour and fruit expression that we have not seen before - The Riesling tastes delicious and is showing classic flavours of citrus and stonefruit. The Pinot Gris and the Gewürztraminer are expressive as ever with the Gewürztraminer from both vineyard sites the equal to, if not better than anything we have made before. The Pinot Gris has lovely aromas of pear, baked crumble and honeysuckle, it also has a beautifully refined palate. The Pinot Noirs that are now in barrel have a lovely deep hue, with an amazing purplish colour, lovely acidity and tannin structure. The fruit is rich and ripe.
We have a great crew here at the winery, mostly locals this year for the vintage. Just one yank thrown in to the mix for good measure. The vineyard crew for vintage had one local addition - Moose, who managed to flatten at least one post, whilst Patrick managed NOT to tip the gondola (and the tractor)!!
So we are now looking forward to finishing some wines and the post vintage cleaning has began.
Blending is not far off and we are looking forward to our end of vintage trip and a few well earned beers!! - So from the winery and vineyard staff...Cheers to you all.
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