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.
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.
At Point of View vineyard, Murrumbateman, we received good rains in sping and early summer which promoted vine growth and provided some disease risks which we have covered by a strict preventative spraying regime. January, fortunately was relatively dry ( especially given the cyclonic conditions producing extreme rainfall events across Queensland and Northern NSW).
This vintage we are going to write a short daily blog on our vintage experiences. The idea is to convey to you our impressions of the grape quality, harvesting, crushing, fermenting and pressing experiences. This will includes a photo or two, the occasional short video (if we master the technology!) and short descriptions. So for those of you who are unable to call in and see our vintage activities first hand, this will be your chance to see it unfold via the website. We hope you will find it interesting and feedback will be welcome. We expect the vintage blog to begin in early to mid March.