|The children are stirring. Primitive buds have been visible for a fortnight and the embryology is astonishing. Genes that have laid dormant for at least a season are fully fueled, bulging and bursting daily.
The Montepulciano (the Italian red) was the first to boast some green shoots. This is a unique event in the vineyard. Normally we see the Vermentino first out of the blocks with the Fiano next. The Tempranillo also usually precedes its red brother. You may recall from a previous update that we pruned the Monte first this year in an effort to marginally hasten the cycle to maturation. It appears to have worked. Ideally, we will be harvesting the entire vineyard at roughly the same time early in 2020. Keep a sharp eye out for the call to vintage. You will not be disappointed. More later.
Peter Stewart (our viticulturalist) has everything in order. We are poised for the spring explosion and are confident (fingers crossed) that a bumper crop will materialise.
Bella (our property manager) has also used the winter recess profitably and almost every element of machinery is hunky dory. My only concern relates to the aged Kubota tractor used for fertigation and mildew control. It takes an age to start and despite the 40 horses under the rusty bonnet, it displays some dyspnea as it creeps up the slopes when fully laden. I’m looking for a replacement. Any thoughts?
The 2019 Vermentino and Fiano have been splendidly received by guests visiting the Cellar Door. The promise of bright zests, perfect balance and delicious fruits has been produced in spades. It is such a pleasure to serve our Estate wines to visitors. Seeing their overtly positive responses is even more gratifying.
The 2019 reds will be with us in bottles next year. In the meantime, the 2018 offerings are firm favourites. The Storm Cru sparkling whites and reds remain our signature products.