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Vintage Blog

2013 Vintage Report

Added Tuesday, 30/4/2013

The 2013 vintage has been an excellent one – the best since 2005 according to Brian. The hot, sunny summer and long lingering autumn conditions have produced wonderful fruit. In all varieties, the fruit has been clean and ripe with excellent flavour development. The vibrant colour in the reds is truly exceptional. Watch out for some exciting wines from this vintage! The whites will be bottled and released later this year but for the reds, patience is required.

Are the grapes ready yet?

Added Wednesday, 27/2/2013

The 2013 vintage is almost upon us so Brian is closely monitoring the fruit. Each week and for each variety he

  • takes a representative sample from the vineyard,

  • measures the sugar content of the juice

  • measures the grape acidity

  • assesses the flavours in the grapes

The first variety that we will pick is sauvignon blanc, Based on today's assessment, it should be ready to pick in about a week's time.

The Season - 2013

Added Monday, 21/1/2013

Hot and dry sums it up – very different from last season’s wet and cool. We have been watering all through January and the vines, in spite of the hot conditions, are still in good shape. Fruit levels on the vines are modest, which will suit the vines in a dry season, as the fruit comes to maturity over the next 6-8 weeks.