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Clare Halloran
 
23 March 2015 | TarraWarra Blog | Clare Halloran

Vintage Update 2015

By the end of February we had picked all of our beautiful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the winery is now filled with bubbling barrels and fermenters, and the wonderful smells of wines fermenting, as well as carbon dioxide.  We started on Shiraz on the 17th March.  The mild weather in late Winter/early Spring meant that we started picking on the 12th of February, our earliest date ever.

The season has been incredibly kind, as well as perfect conditions, it’s a bountiful harvest.  As a first for us, we also made some Verjus this year.  Picked on the 22nd January, and bottled on the 28th, I have been using it with great success in everything from marinades, dressings, and even gravy.

We haven’t had a single day over 40° Celsius, and from veraison to harvest we’ve had very few above 35.  This, accompanied by relatively cool nights, has given us fruit with naturally balanced acid and sugar, and excellent flavour development.  Rainfall has been about average, and has come at just the right time to give the vines an extra drink.

Crops have been right on target, a relief after the tiny years of 2013 and 2014.  So far we have put 222 tonnes through the winery, with our other varieties also ripening well and on target for March picking.  Stuart and the vineyard crew have seamlessly managed the hand picking of the whole vineyard, huge thanks to all of them for keeping up their huge efforts.  Our collective years’ of experience helps everything run far better than the so called well-oiled machines we have around here!  Fortunately, our collective skills cover breakdowns too. 

Clare Halloran, Winemaker

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Vintage Update 2015

Clare Halloran
 
23 March 2015 | TarraWarra Blog | Clare Halloran

Vintage Update 2015

By the end of February we had picked all of our beautiful Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and the winery is now filled with bubbling barrels and fermenters, and the wonderful smells of wines fermenting, as well as carbon dioxide.  We started on Shiraz on the 17th March.  The mild weather in late Winter/early Spring meant that we started picking on the 12th of February, our earliest date ever.

The season has been incredibly kind, as well as perfect conditions, it’s a bountiful harvest.  As a first for us, we also made some Verjus this year.  Picked on the 22nd January, and bottled on the 28th, I have been using it with great success in everything from marinades, dressings, and even gravy.

We haven’t had a single day over 40° Celsius, and from veraison to harvest we’ve had very few above 35.  This, accompanied by relatively cool nights, has given us fruit with naturally balanced acid and sugar, and excellent flavour development.  Rainfall has been about average, and has come at just the right time to give the vines an extra drink.

Crops have been right on target, a relief after the tiny years of 2013 and 2014.  So far we have put 222 tonnes through the winery, with our other varieties also ripening well and on target for March picking.  Stuart and the vineyard crew have seamlessly managed the hand picking of the whole vineyard, huge thanks to all of them for keeping up their huge efforts.  Our collective years’ of experience helps everything run far better than the so called well-oiled machines we have around here!  Fortunately, our collective skills cover breakdowns too. 

Clare Halloran, Winemaker

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