The 2019 growing season definitely had its challenges: a warm, wet spring causing huge disease pressure; a very warm and dry December / early January pushing fast growth and ripening; and a severe lack of pickers were among just a few.
On reflection it feels like luck was on our side. A cool cycle in late January / early February, coupled with good crop levels and leaf area seemed to save us, as ripening stalled and classic Yarra flavours were retained.
At the end of February we saw another major heat spike that made the forests surrounding the Yarra a tinderbox. Bush fires seemed inevitable and on the 1st of March a large fire developed in the hills to the south.
Fortunately all of our white grapes were off the vine and the reds were ready to go. Strong winds from the North were pushing the smoke haze further away from our vineyards which gave us a precious 4 day window to harvest like mad and get our fruit safely into the winery in great condition. Surprisingly the flavours from 2019 are very subtle and fresh and the acids amazing. It feels like the vines age and adaptability have really come into play this vintage.
VARIETY: Pinot Noir
REGION: Yarra Valley, VIC