Our year revolves around this period and we face it again with a mixture of excitement and a certain dread. Will the weather be kind, will we make the right decisions about when to pick and how to handle things, will we stand up to the physicality and the long days it entails (I didn't used to think about the latter issue when I was younger!)?
So far, things are looking good. The weather has been good apart from a very hot January which scorched some berries and leaves on our McLaren Vale Grenache vineyard. I estimate we lost around 20% of the crop. As it turned out this was not altogether a bad thing, saving us from manually thinning what was looking like a slightly over generous crop. Now the basal leaves have fallen and the fruit is nicely exposed to this perfect weather, I'd say it looks like the best crop we've seen since maybe 2006. Very nice.
As I write this in early March we are close to picking both the Grenache at McLaren Vale and the Shiraz at Langhorne Creek (which is also looking VG), around a week ahead of usual.
With a little luck the weather will hold whilst we get the crop off over the next 3 or 4 weeks and it will be a good vintage.
Wish us luck and we will bring you more news of vintage 2018 later.
We are currently sold out of wine.
The 2017 reds and 2018 Rosé will be released in October/November, with the cellar doors scheduled to re-open on Saturday 10 November 2018 at 10.00am.
Thank you to all those who were able to visit during cellar door opening last November and we look forward to seeing anyone who can make it later this year.
In the meantime we hope you will enjoy the wines.
With best wishes,
Drew and Rae Noon.
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