The late vintage reflected the ideal growing conditions throughout the season. Laid back technical/vinification parameters set the scene for the wine. The bouquet is precise and strongly varietal, but it’s not until the palate that the wine sets sail, and does so in fine style with citrus and apple taking control on the long finish. It’s the outcome of Geoff Weaver’s long experience with the vineyard, and his undoubted skill as a winemaker.
Crush, destem, gently airbag pressed. Clear settle juice and cold ferment to dryness. No need for additions of acid (which is so common in Australia) Our approach is to make the wine as naturally as possible with minimal additions. The fresh aromatics of the fruit are retained and, with gentle airbag pressing, harsh extractives are not generated.
Crop levels of 3.1kg/vine were close to our long term average of 2.7 kg/vine. Harvest was in early March two weeks earlier than our long term average harvest date of 24th March. There is a clear trend to earlier harvest dates over the 31 years we have been growing Sauvignon. Hand-picking occurred in mild weather from the 4th to the 6th of March. Heat degree day summation for the year was 1335; a little over our long term average of 1270 Heat Degree Days (HDD). A cool start in Oct and November and a warm finish in Feb and March mercifully free of extreme heat. Our vines are now 29 years old and show the benefits of maturity with a good balance of crop and leaf plus more stable crops. The growing season rainfall was 420mm of rain Oct to March above our long term average of 230 mm. Of this 312 mm fell in October to December period. Disease pressure was consequently high early in the season but ripe healthy grapes were harvested. We grow our grapes without irrigation and they benefit, I believe, from deep roots sustaining them rather than more shallow ones subject to downpours and dry spells.