Vintage 2017 in the bag
Vintage 2017 is over for another year and looking promising at both Wingara sites.
Katnook Viticulturist Chris Brodie explains “We picked our first grapes on 3 March 2017, being Pinot Meuniere and Pinot Noir for sparkling. This was much later than usual. The season has been cooler and wetter than last vintage, reminiscent of vintages 10-15 years ago. Quality is very good, as there were no significant impediments such as prolonged heatwaves,rain, frost etc. So we are looking forward to some terrific wines in the bottle.”
Mildura (Deakin Estate, La La Land, Azahara ) Viticulturist Craig Thorton: “We experienced cold nights right up to Christmas, when the temperatures rose to what we normally expect over summer, followed by cooler weather. Harvest therefore was slow to progress and we were around four weeks behind the usual schedule. We had good healthy full bunch crops, with great fruit freshness considering the late pick date. Weather became cold overnight as expected for this time of the year. We had a very hot week in mid-February with 5 days over 40 degrees Celsius. We had another hot week in the first week of March, with temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius, which helped with fruit ripening. Tempranillo in particular great.”
Mildura winemaker Frank Newman reports, “Harvest proceeded at a snail’s pace and was around five weeks later than last year. A cooler, wetter spring has slowed ripening to a marked degree and, as with Coonawarra, this season seems more like those experienced 10-15 years ago. Slow ripening augered well for quality, which at this stage is looking fantastic."