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" Things should be as simple as possible, and no simpler" Albert Einstein.

Rain, wind or shine, the complexities of growing wine in challenging years are rather simple: increase the effort, the results are usually astonishing.

This spring and summer proposed a new set of challenges. Mild temperatures and adequate precipitation were a welcome relief in order to recover from the previous few years' dry conditions. Our soils and vines were able to rejuvenate, leaving the arduous task of canopy management to balance the effect of the persistent 'Nor'wester'. With both flowering and veraison drawn out, we can expect high aromatic interest. 

With autumn settling in we are fortunate to be granted plenty of missed beach time. For us as winegrowers, this also reflects in good ripening conditions for the wine during this critical last part of the season. It lifts a cloud of worry and gives ample confidence in a good harvest. Simple as that. 


Writing a story is an arduous task, requires careful planning and demands devotion.  Whether you follow or break the rules, or you deviate from the path set out, the author is in control.  Winegrowing is a script created with a co-author, in this case the Winemaker. It is a story which can last for many years and unfolds,  revealing its many layers and angles.  With such a powerful partner, there is no control, merely rigid planning and anticipation can prepare one for the outcome of a year in the vineyard.  So far, the 2016 wines show promising intricate texture with abundant varietal expression.

Timing of budburst was in keeping with the long term average, with flowering and véraison  occurring in a similar timely manner.   After a mild spring with no noteworthy frost events, summer introduced itself with warm and calm weather.  The lowest rainfall over the last 10 years was recorded for the growing season, with heat summation uniformly distributed and above the well praised 2013 vintage.  Work in the vineyard was focussed on creating an optimal environment for fruit to express the benign conditions.  Harvest of the Pinot noir commenced in March, with Chardonnay and Riesling short to follow.  The long Indian summer stretched harvest out, with Pinot gris, Gewurztraminer and Syrah picked early May, and our last component of Riesling on 30th May.