Aravina Estate looks to Vintage 2016 January 21 2016

Ryan Gibbs - Aravina Estate's ViticulturalistAravina Estate is expected to start harvesting vineyard grapes in the first week of February, in line with the last five years.

Viticulturalist Ryan Gibbs anticipates 2016 to be yet another great vintage for Aravina, with the reds ‘outstanding’ and the whites looking ‘solid’, barring any major weather events.

Ryan says the dry winter and ripening period has resulted in red varieties having small berries with good intensity. The white varieties also have balanced canopies with good coverage, resulting in favourable flavours moving into harvest.

On the vine the Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnnay are looking particularly strong, so Aravina expects great results in the glass.

Aravina will harvest its white fruit beginning with the Chardonnay, followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, then Chenin Blanc. The red grapes ripen later, with Shiraz first to be picked, then the Estate Merlot, Tempranillo, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tempranillo and Malbec will be harvested from the Estate for the first time, with the younger vines now matured and good yields expected.

Aravina Estate's Consulting Viticulturalist Ryan Gibbs