Growing season (Oct-Apr) data:
Growing Degree Days (heat units)
After the small 2015 vintage we were hoping for a bounce-back to more normal yields in 2016. Frost was an issue again in Spring but the wind machines proved their worth and we sustained minor damage but only in our Pirinoa Block.
Temperatures in the first half of the season were typical with not much wind. Flowering proceeded in benign conditions with a high proportion of flowers setting fruit, suggesting that a good crop was likely.
Rainfall was even lower than the dry 2015 making 2016 the driest growing season we’ve had in our 28 years of growing grapes! Coupling drought with the warmer than average temperatures of January to March meant that irrigation was absolutely essential to maintain a healthy vine canopy capable of ripening the crop. The 40mm of rain we received at the beginning of April was welcomed as much by grape growers as it was by farmers, setting us up nicely for vintage.
April saw the onset of harvest and cooler temperatures. Harvest proceeded without weather or disease pressure and a generous, high quality crop was received by the winery. Across the varieties, ripeness, flavour and balance were impeccable continuing a remarkable sequence of high quality vintages.
Here are the average harvest parameters for each variety:
|Variety||Brix||pH||Acidity (g/l)||Yield (t/ha)|