2018 Vintage Report from Bruce Tyrrell – Edition 5
Tue, February 13th 2018 / 1 Comment
This has been a very quiet week with the last of the mainstream of vintage being picked last Wednesday. We still have two tonnes of Cabernet, four tonnes of Sangiovese and 4 tonnes of Tempranillo to pick. The Sangiovese and Cabernet will quite possibly come off by the end of this week, but the Tempranillo will need longer.
Andrew Pengilly and Mark Richardson have been to Heathcote and it looks like we are about two to two and a half weeks away from picking. After a massive crop last year we are not expecting any great tonnage from Heathcote, and the tests are indicating a short, sharp picking period. This week has been dominated by getting reds off skins at the end of ferment. There is plenty of colour, plenty of flavour and solid tannins, and they probably look more like the 2007 vintage. The whites are all pretty much cleaned up after ferment.
It is the middle of February and it is way quieter than normal.