Harvest kicked off at the start of October with our Ortega and we finished with Chardonnay on the 25th. As we type, it’s fermenting slowly and gently in our chilled tanks. Now we’ll be taking a step back while the juice transforms.
This year had some very tricky patches thanks to the general wetness. Rain at flowering meant less bunches and rain at harvest meant slower ripening. In the end though, through the usual combination of careful management and sheer luck, we were able to collect some really beautiful tasting fruit and have high hopes for the resulting wines. Less is sometimes more.