After a nervous wait, vintage 2017 has begun with our old vine shiraz in Stone Well picked on Wednesday morning, and the Greenock Shiraz picked Wednesday night. Both sets of grapes have now resting in the fermenters where they will spend the next week.
The fruit looks fantastic at this stage, deep in colour, vibrant fruit flavours coming from the small berries (quiet unusual for the year).
We have more shiraz to come in this week, with the Grenache and Mataro probably a few weeks off. The weather remains ideal, days are warm, nights relatively cool with no rain forecast at this stage.