First maturity analysis for the year!
At the end of veraison (when the vine is putting all its energy into the fruit, and the grapes colour and soften), we begin to sample and taste the fruit to see when we will harvest. From experience, we know which varieties and blocks will be picked first, but every season throws up a few surprises.
Pictured are samples from our oldest blocks of pinot noir and chardonnay. These often ripen the earliest as they set a small, even crop. Things are looking a bit earlier than last year, and I predict we’ll harvest these beauties in the next fortnight.