It's a busy time of the year for the vineyard and winery crew as the last year’s toil comes to fruition.
The season has been running pretty much on target despite the somewhat dismal summer.
The cold weather over December affected the flowering. This meant poorer set bunches which resulted in smaller crops. Generally we find this give us a better quality of fruit leading on to high quality product.
At the end of January our growing degree days were actually ahead of last year and January was warmer than the long term average.
The good weather at the start of February advanced the ripening with the Pinot Noir going through veraision towards the end of February. We kicked off harvesting on the 9th March with some Sauvignon Blanc for our Easy Tiger Sauvignon Blanc. Since then the majority of Pinot Noir has been picked, tucked safely into the winery along with some Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Some untimely rain has slowed things down a little bit but the weekend forecast is looking good. We are an optimistic bunch at Spy Valley, and are hopeful for a warm and dry April to finish off the season.
So far our Pinot Noir is looking awesome, particularly the F Block which we use for our single vineyard Envoy Johnson Vineyard Pinot Noir.