Following a dry spring, we experienced a warm summer and little rain. Harvest was compressed after hot conditions in November and a lack of rain at times we would normally expect some, making for a busy little winery! Our hand-picking dates were well-timed to harness wonderful natural acid, great fruit intensity and expected yields with no losses of fruit or quality.
Overall 2016 has been a terrific vintage, with white, red and sweet grape varieties all looking great. The winery is full to the brim, with two project wines taking up what little space we usually have left at this time of the year. The Syrah project using Terravinia Vineyard fruit rolls into a second vintage of wine produced, plus a very exciting two-barrel batch of Yarra Valley chardonnay as part of a battle of three winemakers… Two colleagues and I have each made two barrels of wine using the same fruit from one of the Yarra’s best sites. Stay tuned!
My highlight from the season has been rising to the challenge of picking and hand-processing 34 tonnes of grapes in our tiny space. We made it, and now with only two ferments yet to complete, we can start to breathe a sigh of relief and look forward to seeing the 2016 wines take shape. Cheers, Rowly!