Winter Times

The leaves have fallen and the pruning has begun. The mountain ranges to the East and West are snow capped and it has definitely chilled down. Hans’ wines have been nurtured into barrel where some of them will stay for two years or more. Now we have a little time to reflect on the 2012 vintage.

The weather this summer was looking a little sketchy. Not the usual bright sunshine that we are used to in Marlborough. However, about one month before the beginning of harvest, the sun finally decided to come to the party. Smaller berries, but perfectly ripe (most grapes harvested around 23.5 to 26 brix). Cropping was light, at times only just over 300g per vine. And the fruit was exquisite!

First off the vines was the Pinot Noir. This was closely followed by the Sauvignon Blanc. Some varieties were well up, as newly grafted vines came on stream. This means we will be looking forward to a bit more Grüner Veltliner (see recent “favourite wine” review below) in the future.  Unfortunately, on a whole we were down about 20% in volume – with demand high, it will be worth putting your name down for allocations well in advance.

The last day of harvest was the most spectacular. Blue skies meant a freezing cold morning. The first hour of harvest was the hardest. Hands were numb with cold, and it was difficult to close fingers around the bunches. But after an hour of picking and the sun higher in the sky, we thawed out and started picking a little quicker. Our Mighty Monte was perfect, no disease and perfectly ripe at around 25 to 26 brix.

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