Harvest 2017 Begins
Vintage 2017 is now underway.
A beautiful little burst of summer weather over the weekend saw the nice lemon/grapefruit flavours develop, which we look for in the Chardonnay fruit. Our first harvest of Chardonnay was from a section of our Estate Block 10 which is planted to Dijon Clone 95. This is two weeks later than what I would consider the ‘normal’ harvest window for this block. With perfect weather conditions forecast, I anticipate that most of our Chardonnay fruit will come in over the next two weeks.
It was very nice to finally receive some warmer weather as we approach autumn, and it has certainly helped to move the ripening along. The reds are now fully through veraison and the vines are looking in terrific shape, with moderate crops following our extensive crop thinning carried out earlier in the summer.
The excellent blossom on the native Jarrah and Marri trees is keeping the Silvereyes happy and, they are currently not interested in our grapes. This has been very advantageous, as the vineyard team can focus on netting the reds which will come onto the Silvereyes radar as the blossom slowly fades away over the next few weeks.
It has been a very interesting growing season, with a wet and cold winter followed by cooler than average temperatures throughout the spring and summer. The team is really excited to be starting harvest in such beautiful autumn conditions, which we hope is a pattern for the next couple of months.