Despite the wet weather of the past couple of weeks our winter pruning has run more or less to schedule and we are completing the last of the tying-down now. We haven’t seen such a soggy boggy vineyard for many winters, and it is a marked contrast to the early part of winter which was very dry. It will be interesting to see what the predicted El Nino does for us over the next few months. We will be hoping it is not too cool and windy as that is likely to result in a poorer fruit-set and smaller crops.
We have bottled two 2015 wines already – Vin Gris (rosé) and Albarino. The Vin Gris is a delicately pale shade of pinky-orange, exactly how we like it with a nice depth of flavour from its cabernet sauvignon heritage and a fine crisp finish. Drinking beautifully already and will be great in summer. The Albarino is gorgeous – even better, we think, than last year’s gold medal winner: zingy and fruity with a lovely long, dry finish. Another summer beauty but looking great already. We are on a crusade to tout this wine as the sauvignon blanc replacement, the next big thing, and those who know it nod with approval at the idea.
We have had platters made recently from a few retired barrels and stocks are good at present, but history tells us they won’t last. We have two sizes, full length barrique platters at $139 and half length puncheon platters at $110.