The wait is over - well sort of. We kicked off vintage on the 10th of March with our Pinot Gris. The fruit looked great and we are confident of it making a great wine. We have harvested our sparkling wine base and a few small blocks of Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. We are expecting that next week will see the majority of our Chardonnay harvested. Followed by Riesling in 1.5 - 3 weeks and our reds in 2 to 4 weeks. All the fruit is holding canopy well and ripening slowly but evenly.
The 10th of March also saw us commission our new press and white receival area. The new area allows us to tip loads of grapes directly into the press, eliminating the need for us to pump white fruit. Tim and Helen have the white receival running smoothly and efficiently. The winery is starting to smell like vintage with the first few ferments just starting to get going. There is nothing quite like the first few days of a Gewurztraminer ferment to fill the air with a beautiful perfume.
Here's to the start of vintage 2017!