Wow, vintage has come and gone already. In a challenging year for New Zealand vineyards, the Wairarapa has had a stunner! This is thanks to hot settled weather right up to and through vintage with minimal rain. The Wairarapa is smoking hot right now!
The Pinot Noirs loved this and have produced small berries with consistent bunches and clean ripe flavours. Both the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris crops have also delivered a fantastic consistent result.
This year we harvested the new plantings of Chardonnay from the home block for the first time. Head winemaker, Jane Cooper, is super happy with how these are looking. The Hawkes Bay Chardonnay fruit is the best we have picked so far and we are excited to see how these develop.
With all the grapes now in, the hard work begins. We look forward to releasing the 2016 vintage already!
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Also check out a recent write up about the vintage on Stuff.co.nz – Link to vintage story on Stuff.co.nz