Find out from our Winemaking Team, how this year's Harvest shaped up, and what to expect from our 2018 wines. We can't wait to bring them to you!
The growing season started warm and dry, which aided nice even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to see them through to harvest. Spring and summer were wetter than usual but warm, with spring-like growth throughout the summer, resulting in an increased focus on canopy management with extra trimming and leaf plucking required to maintain our style in the finished wines.
The warmer weather meant we started our harvest mid-March, around two weeks earlier than in previous years, with some fantastic Awatere Valley Pinot Noir, Grüner Veltliner and some earlier blocks of Pinot Gris all making it into the winery in superb condition and full of ripe varietal characters.
Whilst the region experienced unsettled weather periods over the typical harvesting window, our early start meant we were well ahead and in a great position with our team and resources to ensure our entire crop was harvested in advance of the mid-April rain.