As our 2016 vintage is drawing to a close, our head winemaker, Heinrich Storm, has given us an overview of how the wines are looking so far:
There is an electric energy running through the wine industry right now, a sense of excitement and anticipation… nervous tension. As I’m writing this we’re well into harvest 2016, and so my mind is wandering and I’m struggling to concentrate as I am to writing this vintage update. Instead, my attention is focused on the weather forecast for the upcoming week; it’s not good, rain is expected by the end of the week, a significant amount of rain. We’ll need to scramble to get our grapes picked, grapes that we’ve carefully tended to for 11 months, and it all comes down to this rain event to determine the final outcome.
It’s been a bizarre growing season. Record temperatures recorded for January- March but also an abnormal amount of rain during the same time. With 80% of the grapes harvested I am pleased to report that the wines are looking good. The chardonnay, harvested with lower than usual sugars and acid, are elegant, fruit forward and beautifully balanced. This pattern continues through to the reds, with lower sugars and acid at harvest time resulting in elegant wines with finesse being crafted rather than the masculine monsters from the past three years.
Each new harvest delivers a unique, exciting and exhilarating experience. 60- 80 hour work weeks, black stained hands, out of control facial hair and sleepless nights. This is vintage and we love it!