Harvest has begun here on Waiheke Island and one can feel the anticipation of a fantastic vintage. Flavours throughout the vineyard are outstanding, reflecting both the very wet start in December and the very hot and dry season in 2019. Even the two storms in late February and early March were kind to us, refreshing and hydrating the vines as though we had ordered from the weather menu. Quantity is also well up on previous years, with the vines being able to sustain greater berry and bunch numbers without affecting quality.
All of our white grapes – the Chardonnay, Pinot Gris & Viognier - have been picked, and all are in pristine condition, probably the best we have seen in many a year. Malbec, the first of the red grapes to ripen, is ready and awaiting harvest. It will be followed soon after by our Tempranillo. The remaining grapes will be harvested progressively over the next 2-3 weeks, a process that should be dictated by our vineyard team, rather than forced upon us by the weather, as has been the case in the previous 2 years.