2016 was a vintage for the quick and the dead. Fortunately, we were quick.
A warm and dry spring meant excellent even flowering and fruit set. Canopies were encouraged to be vigorous to protect the larger than average crop. Summer continued in this fashion, and ripening came on quickly. All Shiraz was in the winery by the first week of March 2016. We aimed to pick while the fruit was fresh and vibrant, which meant going hard with harvesting. We are pleased that we did.
Vineyard: Napoleone, Block 5 (70%) Block 7 (30%)
Soil type: Sandy loam on a clay base
Clones: PT23 clone Yeast: Indigenous
Whole Bunch: 25%
Oak: All in French hogsheads, 20% new
Coopers: Dargaud and Jaegle, Sirugue, Damy