The 2014 vintage has come to an end with fruit arriving just before the rain set in. Vintage 2014 was the warmest of the last decade if not the last twenty years. We saw above average temperatures through spring. September, October and November were 0.8oC, 1.1oC and 1.3oC above the long term average temperatures respectively for Marlborough. These higher temperatures with average rainfall meant excellent bud burst in October.
Winemaking team of Gary, James and Inus were happy with the quality of the fruit received in the winery thanks to our viticulturist Bryan. Everyone was pleased to have beaten the rain which covered Marlborough for the following couple of weeks.
Gary Duke (Chief Winemaker)
“Flavours arrived early in the growing season giving good intensity. Brix levels were lower this year but with intense flavours thanks to the strong start in growing season. We beat the rain and avoided any dilution of the flavours. The vineyard team recognised the large crop levels so were able to crop to an acceptable level again leaving us with good intense flavours in the winery.”
James Macdonald (Winemaker)
“The Pinot Noir from the 2014 vintage is already looking great, having now been pressed and sent to barrel. Leaf exposure during the growing season was just right, allowing the sugars to accumulate slowly in the fruit, giving the seeds the best chance to mature. The result is a rich wine with soft tannins and a firm, dense structure. It is a shame we will have to wait!”
Inus van der Westhuizen (Winemaker)
“The fruit received was clean with great natural acidity meaning we have good balance of flavours. Clean juice in the winery meant clean fermentations and wines with vibrant flavours. We managed to do a few interesting trials in the winery that will be exciting to taste over the next few weeks.”
Bryan Vickery: (Viticulturist)
“Cropping levels were the talk of the vintage at the beginning of the growing season. Thanks to plenty of heat and sunshine, the flowering and fruit set in the vineyard went smoothly. The great start meant crop levels were high. We were able to manage our crops to an acceptable level by shoot thinning and dropping bunches in the vineyard giving the intensity of flavours. Because we had managed our crop levels, we were able to pick well before the rain.”