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The 2014 Season & Harvest


The season started with an early budburst due to a warm winter.  A warm, dry spring and early summer resulted in ideal growing conditions and healthy yields.  Mid-season rain spells also aided plant growth and canopy vigour. Some cooler weather over January was followed by a warm, dry ripening period. 

 

The grapes were hand-harvested in cool early morning conditions.  The fruit was de-stemmed and crushed, then held on skins for 3-4 hours to extract colour and flavour from the skins.  The juice was then gently pressed out, clear settled and fermented at cool temperatures.  The ferments were carried out in stainless steel.