Our winegrower update – March 6th
At last harvest 2018 has kicked off… phew – well for those picking for sparkling base at least. Grapes being harvested for table wines should start coming off in the next 10 days or so – starting with pinot and chardonnay. Our pinot is at least 10 days away.
We love this time of year. The air is filled with nervousness, and expectation combined with a-butterflies in your tummy feeling of excitement. This morning at the Burleigh (coffee local) there was queues of jittery grape growers and winemakers all talking about the holy grail, which is ‘When will the grapes be picked’. Everyone wants them off NOW! Its classic.
Timing is key of course. Will is constantly out in the vineyards at the moment checking with his refrac what the brix (sugar levels) of the grapes are. Walking the rows while tasting and spitting out grapes. It’s not glamorous but it is amazing to watch the difference a day can make to flavour ripeness.
If the rain will stay at bay, we could just have a very good vintage in front of us. Fingers crossed. Keep you posted.