Vintage 2018 is now safely in barrel following a growing season that once again pushed the envelope for defining the new normal on the Mornington Peninsula with growth across the region the most prolific on record but in our vineyard, it was a different story.
This year we harvested 16 tonnes of fruit, a significant drop in yields from the 23 tonnes of the previous year.
A shift in weather mid-way through the growing season saw a forty-percent reduction across our dry-grown Pinot Noir vineyard. Eleven days of sticky, humid conditions proved a big test for our biodynamic approach as downy mildew appeared in sections of the vineyard after that unusual humidity. The normally reliable south-easterly sea breeze didn’t materialise to prevent the disease, but in the vineyard, the recently configured Scott Henry trellis and Paul’s canopy management preserved some fruit for harvesting albeit substantially less than earlier forecasted.
Some weeks prior to this episode, I was thinking of dropping fruit but afterwards the vines were carrying less than a tonne-and-a-half per acre. The adjusted load has provided more intense flavours and palate density so, in a way, nature green harvested the vineyard.
Now safely in oak, the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have concentration and structure with beautiful natural acidity that we are very excited about.
Tony & Cathie Hancy.
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