Vintage Summary 2013

This year we have decided to provide just the facts regarding the vintage followed by a brief commentary from me. Much like our wine, the facts speak for themselves.

November: Above normal wind and temperature and below normal rainfall (4 days – 35.5 mm).

December: Above normal temperature and below normal rainfall (3 days – 42 mm).

January: Significantly above normal temperature and well below normal rainfall (2.8mm).

February: Above normal temperature and below normal rainfall (15 mm).

March: Normal temperature and normal rainfall (21mm).

Merlot and Malbec picked on 15 March with average brix of 24.7. Petit Verdot was picked on 28

March with brix of 25.0.

April: Above normal temperature and below normal rainfall (negligible mm). Cabernet Sauvignon picked on 12 April with average brix of 25.2.

This season was characterised by better than average flowering, perfect ripening weather in February, unusually dry and hot weather in April allowing us to “cut and drop” the entire vintage. We set a record pick day (over 10 tonnes) with the Merlot and Malbec harvest and enjoyed one of the lowest disease pressure seasons we can recall. After completing the 2013 assemblage in November our tasting notes indicate that this vintage is characterized by fruit intensity, depth of palate, and berry spectrum flavours that will yield exceptional complexity over the life of these wines.

Sean Spratt
Owner & Winemaker