AprilThe run of steady weather continues as we head into April but it is cooling fast. Picking is running at full speed ahead and the fruit is looking superb. We are running two picking teams in order to pick every block at the perfect moment. This is perhaps one of the most rewarding times for the crew in the vineyard. The months of weather worry: cold days or very hot afternoons are over; the weather is history now and the talk is of the decisions of the season, right or wrong; the logistics of bringing in 180 tonnes of perfect fruit are the constant focus. We expect to have the harvest finished by around April 17; perhaps sooner if the final blocks ripen earlier than expected. The vineyard team then gets a well-earned break before starting compost spreading to give the vines a thank you meal before winter.
All the 2013 wines have been racked and space made in the winery for the new vintage. Our 2013 Bannockburn Pinot Noir has been bottled and is showing the wonderful quality of another great vintage. The single vineyard wines have been blended and returned to barrel for further aging. The 2013 wines are all slightly broader with softer tones, great balance and rich, fine tannins form the warmer growing season. It’s another vintage to be proud of.
The main harvest of the potatoes has taken place. The vegetable patches are yielding their sweetcorn and tomatoes, nuts are ripening and mushrooms just waiting on the rains. Goats are harvested, and one of our Highland cattle was butchered last Month. This year we have Jacques, a chef from the White House restaurant in Wanaka cooking for the winery team. He has plenty of goodies to make use of from our very own land.