Vineyard Notes

Autumn 2015

As vintage comes to a close and the vines start to lose their leaves, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the year so far, and share our plans for the rest of 2015.

Summer was kind to us here in Coldstream. It was a remarkably subtle season of mild sunlight, graciously sparing grapes from the usual scorching summer heat. The warmer months saw rolling valleys bursting with green foliage and thirsty fruits, eagerly soaking up the long days of precious sunlight.

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As we near the end of autumn, harvest is now over and we are taking stock of all the hard work of the previous few months and preparing for the rest of 2015.

March saw the harvesting of our Pinot Noir. We are utilising the ‘ancient method’ of whole bunch ferments with our Pinot – this involves placing whole grape clusters in the fermenting tanks without crushing them to produce a softer and fruitier wine. We look forward to seeing these berries flourish into an irresistible Pinot Noir.

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The Marsanne block was also harvested in early autumn – grapes were then pressed and are now happily fermenting in barrels. So, too, was the Syrah block – the flavours and spice showing on the fruit is stunning, and the acids are still high so things are only going to get better.

Once the weather really started to cool down towards the end of April we harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon. This year, the block has produced its usual yield of two ton per acre, and the berries are small and packed full of flavour.

We’ve actually just started re-shaping the Cabernet block, ripping out some of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines to make room for Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot – all of which will be planted in September/October. These will be combined to make our ‘Bordeaux Blend’.

With such wonderful weather conditions in 2015, we’re thrilled to be working with what appears to be a truly magnificent vintage. This year’s wines are shaping up to be outstanding – especially the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is looking exceptional in the fermenter.

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We can’t wait to share more news on these wines as things progress through the year…