It all started a bit rocky, with three bouts of hail! This was followed by the wettest January on record, and one of the driest February, which gave Greg Drayton and his team in the vineyard a very challenging growing/picking season. Once again our vineyard team managed to rise to the challenge producing and picking a crop that was the envy of many other growers in the Hunter Valley.
Our picking started with Chardonnay, producing a delicate wine with stone fruit and fresh acidity. Some of it is now ageing in barrels and tank. Semillon again proved to be great, with its trademark natural high acidity and intense citrus avours it will no doubt go the distance.
Verdelho produced an aromatic tropical and spicy wine with vibrant acidity. Some of the Verdelho was left out in the vineyard to achieve a greater level of sugar and subsequently it was fortified to go into our solera for aging. You can expect it to be included in our delicious Heritage Vines Liqueur Verdelho and the newly released White Liqueur.
Following the January deluge we welcomed a dry February and this allowed for our red fruit to mature very nicely. At the moment the reds are maturing in the barrel shed and display a combination of intense colour and delightful varietal flavours. One of my favourite reds at the moment is Cabernet Sauvignon which is displaying an attractive mix of dark fruits and cassis with the hallmark intense tannins.
Overall the 2016 Vintage will be remembered as one with extreme weather with a remarkable and partially unexpected outcome in the Hunter Valley. Come and visit us and try some truly wonderful New Release Wines.