It’s shaping up to be a fantastic vintage - hot, hot summer days are likely to bring harvest forward a week or two earlier than usual. Our 'go-to' guy, and Christo's right hand man "Byrnesy", tested a few chardy grapes earlier this week and they are currently at 10 Be (baume). For those who don't speak viticulture, that's the sugar level of the grapes, and ideally we'll pick at 12.5 Be which should only be about 2 weeks away at most. The flavour profile will also be thoroughly checked at this time by the discerning palates of Mike and Christo to ensure that the resulting grape juice makes a wine that will be remembered.
Plenty of blossoms in the red gums are keeping the little (but sometimes destructive) Silver-Eyes satisfied so they don't have to resort to pillaging the grapes. The white grapes are harvested in the early hours of the morning (we're talking 1am-ish) to preserve their freshness and will take about two weeks to harvest. Hopefully the sun will continue to shine so the reds can be picked soon after, however the yields might be down slightly on last year due to storm damage late last year.