2017 is a very promising vintage, that may prove to be one of the best seen in the Yarra Valley in recent memory.
Plentiful frosty nights and heavy rains in winter delayed budburst, and spring continued in this mild (and wet) fashion. We had excellent canopies with slowly developing bunches. The mild conditions persisted into January and February. Warm, sunny days (not too warm) with crisp nights and mornings. Perfect for slow ripening, delicate flavours and acid retention. There was no disease threat from rain, and we harvested at leisure.
Vineyard: Napoleone Block 3 & Block 10, Beenak Vineyard
Soil type: Sandy loam on a clay base Aspect: NE
Harvested: Hand-picked 15th – 27th February 2017
Clones: MV6 Yeast: Indigenous + RC212
Whole Bunch: 20 % Oak: All French hogsheads, 10% new
Coopers: Saury, Dargaud +Jaegle, Mercurey
Racked: October 2017
Bottled: November 2017 Alcohol: 13.0%