Vintage 2015 – fast and fun with low yields of ripe, clean fruit.
After typically strong Wairarapa winds through Spring and a cooler than normal flowering period in December, one of the hottest summers in decades tested the plants.
We started picking on March 31 and before the first autumnal Southerly arrived on April 12, all fruit was in the winery. Two weeks of fast and furious dedication by our vintage crew brought in all our estate grown Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer. Pleasingly, we achieved our target Brix levels with good acidity and physiologically ripe fruit.
After crafting sweet wines in ’13 and ’14, this year we’ve focused on producing classic dry and off-dry noble styles, but couldn’t resist experimenting with a white blend (PGR) and a dry Pinot Rosé that we’ll release for next summer. Quantities will be tiny across all our 2015 wines, so we strongly suggest joining The Harvest Club to be notified of release dates for each varietal.