Harvest is in full swing now with over 120 tons in already. The weather so far has been very kind if maybe a touch warm the past week. They are perfect ripening conditions so the grapes are moving pretty fast and it is reminiscent of 2012 when we were all done by mid march. But as we well know anything can happen next week so we just take it as it comes.
Our Gorge Block Chardonnay, as always, was the first pick and is now safely tucked away in French oak. Verdelho looks amazing this year and I think we nailed the flavour spectrum with ripe tropical, honeysuckle flavours from the South block and greener, more punchy flavours from the West. Shiraz is looking great with classic Vale flavours and ripe tannins. Our precious Road Block shiraz was harvested last week and is an absolute stunner. Surely our finest yet?
This week is going to be a massive week of crushing with over 230 tons of Chardonnay and Shiraz scheduled for harvesting. Operation Chardy started Sunday night harvesting our Kangarilla vineyard. That means 5am starts all week and lots of coffee to stay awake.
“A hard drinker, being at table, was offered grapes at dessert. ‘Thank you,’ said he, pushing the dish away from him, ‘but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.'”
– “The Physiology of Taste” by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin