As we near our final weeks of the growing season, we begin to feel the cautious excitement of the approaching harvest.
Word is that some other producers have already started, a sure sign that we are headed for an early harvest. Many producers are said to be up to 3 weeks earlier than normal. With such a great growing season it’s little wonder; the brilliant summer has continued to extend into the autumn bringing with it warmer than average days and great ripening conditions.
Picking crates and bins are prepared and one eye is kept on the weather forecast, quietly hoping that the warmer weather conditions continue, although the bite of autumn is starting to be felt.
We have the luxury of a few quite different varieties, which will all ripen at slightly different times to each other thereby extending the harvest. We don’t mind being a bit later than most as this extra “hang time,” allows the grapes to reach their full potential and develop more intense flavours without losing their structure and balance.
You can really see the differences in characteristics of the different varieties, from the delicate little bunches of the Pinot Gris slowly attaining their pinkish hue,
the robust bunches of the ever reliable Meunier,
the golden yellow of the Chardonnay,
the tight small bunches of the Pinot Noir,
and the ever hopeful Riesling still looking crisp and clean.
Here’s hoping for a couple more weeks of good weather.
Cameron Roucher – Vineyard Manager