Vintage 2015 – Off and Running
The Summer holidays were just coming to an end and we were turning our thoughts back to work, wine and the impending vintage when…. Wham!
Suddenly the grapes were ripening and before we knew it we were on our way. Vintage 2015. Whilst our winemakers up north in the Riverina were already harvesting, crushing, fermenting, here down down south we were still out berry sampling in the vineyard and mentally preparing for another busy season.
Suddenly it was all a-happening. On the 30th January, the first load of fruit that came into our Yarra winery was from our King Valley farm in North-East Victoria. Harvested during the cool of the night, the early ripened Chardonnay’s destiny was for Sparkling wine. Only a week later we started picking Yarra Valley Chardonnay….again for Sparkling wine base.
One week later, and we are well and truly into our Crazy season. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris has started flooding in. Early morning starts, and I mean very early morning starts; crazy hours; Vintage staff numbers swelling to double with internationals flooding in from Argentina, Hungary, France…and a couple of Aussies here and there. Machine harvesting, hand-picking, crushing, pressing, hand-sorting and it already feels like we have been at it for months rather than a mere two weeks.
Leanne De Bortoli
In my glass....
I love this wine. When we decided to add a Pinot Gris blend to the La Boheme Range, one could have thought that even Dame Nellie Melba would have approved of it. After all it was one of her favourite operas to perform. Named ‘Act 3′ in the range , the Pinot Gris is backed up by Riesling and Geuwrztraminer and the result is a beautifully aromatic white wine. Very enjoyable on its own but quite chummy with salmon or chicken.
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