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!