Picking underway for Vintage 2013, Wed, 27 March 2013
There's something about those first days of harvest, you always have this lovely feeling that something exciting is taking place, no two vintages are ever the same thats for sure. Those first bins of grapes that come in to the winery look like little bunches of possibility, and the time that it takes to finally to taste the wine from bottle seems impossibly long - but I guess thats why they call winemaking an art.
We started picking our sparkling base wines this week with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir coming into the winery. The reason why grapes for sparkling wines are picked first is because they are required to have lower brix than that of our table wines - this brings out the beautiful acidity that sparkling wines are reknown for.
We have some great new vintage crew from the US and the UK that have started in the winery, it's a lot of hard work but not surprisingly we also have a lot of fun, good food and wine to ease the pain of those long hours!
Can't wait to see how 2013 turns out in the bottle, we are pretty enthusiastic about the vintage so far as it really has been a summer filled with those perfect grape growing conditions - heat and long dry days.