Fruitful harvest for Aravina Estate's 2016 vintage
Expectations are high as Aravina Estate’s white wines settle in barrel and tank and the vineyard and winemaking teams harvest the red varieties. Vintage is in full swing in the Margaret River region and across the country.
Twenty-eight hectares of producing vines planted in 1986 will yield a total harvest of around 200 tonnes of fruit for Aravina Estate this year, with quality once again looking outstanding. One third of the vineyard is hand picked, with the remainder machine harvested, depending on the style of wine being made.
Aravina Estate Winemaker Jodie Barton (nee Opie) reports the dry growing season and mostly dry ripening period has resulted in nice sized berries with good skin to juice ratios.
“We are seeing good concentration of flavour and high acids across all varieties planted on the Estate. The vineyard is in the best shape it’s been in for several years thanks to the skill and management of our Viticulturist Ryan Gibbs, with healthy, balanced canopies and even crops.”
This vintage, Aravina Estate will be harvesting its first crop from new plantings of Tempranillo and Malbec, an exciting development for the Estate.
Vintage 2016 will go down as an especially good and busy one for winemaker Jodie Barton and husband Kent who welcomed Billie Rose Barton into the world on 19 January.
Needless to say it’s been a busy time for the family who have taken Billie’s arrival in their stride as Jodie continues to oversee the winemaking at Aravina Estate. It’s a commitment we fully appreciate. Congratulations Jodie on your beautiful bundle – seen here amongst the cabernet.