20 Aug 2013 Vintage Wrap-up
It’s getting a little monotonous, although pleasantly so, to report another excellent vintage in Margaret River. The 2013 harvest was indeed a cracker across all varieties.
We really do live in a grape-growing micro-paradise here and there is only the odd aberration every few years to remind us otherwise.
This year, while yields were down approximately 20% (due to some dodgy wild weather prior to Xmas), the grape quality and resulting wine is exceptional.
Dodgy start notwithstanding, conditions for the remainder of the ripening phase were mild, warm and sunny, allowing full maturity of the whites without harsh heat or storm damage. The ‘Indian summer’ we experienced throughout Autumn extended the ripening of red varieties, allowing full development of flavours and sugars. Nice.
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc were picked during March, while Semillon snuck into April – all three at ultimate ripeness.
Over one frenetic weekend in early April we picked Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, and our new ‘toys’ – Nebbiolo and Teroldego – more on these in a future post!
It seems like only last week we were picking grapes, and yet here we are with the new 2013 vintage whites in bottle already, including Wine By Brad Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, and the Mantra Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
These wines are all now available on the SHOP page, so get yourself over there and start ticking the boxes!