Vintage 2018 – What a beauty!
by Dan Berrigan
To the Point – I’m giving this vintage a 9 out of 10
It started a little slow with late budburst and a cool, wet early spring, but then things certainly warmed up down here in Mount Benson!
We experienced above average max and min temperatures for every single month from October thru to April and this was combined with little wind (rare for us), and low rainfall. What this meant was that we were able to be more hands-off in the vineyard and just let it do its thing. Keeping the water up to the vines was probably our only challenge this year.
As the weather was so kind to us, we could let the fruit hang out in the sun and allow some natural concentration to take place on the reds. With the whites, however, we needed to be mindful that the warmer conditions may reduce those beautiful aromatic flavours and natural acids that we get down here, so we chose to pick slightly earlier to capture those nuances before they were broken down by the warm, sunny days.
This was the 2nd year that we were also running our own vineyard and I couldn’t be happier with its progress. We definitely reaped the rewards of a lot of hard work, and field trials have resulted in some exciting new ideas that will be put into action for seasons to follow.
Autumn was beautiful, sunny and dry, so we were able to leave the reds on the vine for a little longer than average to help naturally concentrate the flavours in the fruit and resulting wine.
In conclusion, things look really nice with wines showing plenty of flavour and body, with greater depth of colour in the reds.
Quality is at a premium, the colour is deep, the flavours varietal and oh so typical of our beautiful, cool climate regions. Couldn’t ask for more really.
Final alcohol on the Reds will be around 14.5%. Bolder tannins (than V17) will also be common from V18 reds.
With the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc about to go to bottle, I can say it’s as good as the trophy winning 2016 & 17. The Chardonnay and reds are rugged up and cozy in their barrels and are resting, waiting for their time to shine.
Written by Dan Berrigan
9th May 2018