Winemaker Paul Dixon has said that if the rains hold off this vintage will be a “Cracker”. It may be nearly on par with the best season we have experienced in 2007.
Leading up to Vintage we started a bit later than usual due to some rain and cooler weather in early January and February, which delayed the ripening process of the fruit. With the warmer weather mid-February and with more to come it will be a quick vintage/harvest and the wines will be outstanding.
The flavours in the white grapes pre harvest are showing intense varietal fruit characteristics which will shine through in the wines this season. The reds although still a couple of weeks off, are starting to show good colour intensity and the tannins are developing nicely.
The first grapes off the vines this year by the hand picking team was our Thompson Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir followed shortly after by the Chardonnay grapes for our new label “The Specialist”
With the cooler weather leading up to this vintage it has made the perfect conditions to make an Estate Pinot Noir this year – watch this space. We still have a little bit of hand picking to do but the balance of the vineyard will be machine harvested. Check out our Facebook page for the videos & pictures. https://www.facebook.com/ThompsonEstate/
We will give you a full vintage update once the grapes are off and we have processed the fruit.