A modest crop in all three varieties following a relatively cool but dry season. We started picking very early, the Chardonnay coming off first on 23rd February, the Pinot Noir next on 2nd March and finally the Sauvignon Blanc on the 3rd. All harvesting complete in 8 days! The Sauvignon Blanc is already bottled and released (see above) while the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are fully fermented and maturing gracefully in small French oak barrels. The quality of each variety is excellent and we look forward to releasing some exceptional wines from this vintage.
It is always great to hear first hand about the winery activities and nobody knows Barratt Wines better than our owner and wine maker, Lindsay Barratt. Here is his update of the latest vintage happenings!
Based on what I am seeing in the vineyard, we are anticipating a very early harvest and vintage this year. There are already berries showing colour in the Pinot blocks and early softening in the Chardonnay. These changes represent the start of sugar production and accumulation in the berries, a time point in the viticultural season called Veraison.
So, it is now time to begin preparing for Vintage, which, under continuing warm and dry conditions is likely to occur in February rather than the usual March or April. Winery equipment needs dusting off, cleaning, servicing and testing, vineyard and winery labour needs to be arranged in advance, vine health and balance need to be maintained to optimize ripening processes and fruit quality while liaison with other winemakers purchasing some of the fruit becomes critical.
A lot of hard work but Vintage is, of course, the culmination of a year of heavy physical, emotional and financial investment. As I have said before, you only get one go at it each year so let’s make the most of it!
Following the success of the 2012 version of this wine (now sold out), we have just released the 2013 vintage!
Harvested on 6th March, fermented by wild yeasts and matured in oak barrels for 15 months, the wine displays savoury, herbaceous, citrus and gooseberry aromas and flavours complexed with smoky oak characters. The palate is rich, creamy and lingering with a hint of sweet fruit balanced by fresh natural grape acidity. Available through cellar door, mail order or on-line.