Winemaker Jodie Barton reflects on Vintage 2016 April 06 2016
The early dry Spring of this year provided ideal growing conditions for the 2016 vintage at Aravina Estate. A significant rain event mid-January led to increased disease pressure which caused some concern, but thankfully the talented Ryan Gibbs (Aravina Consultant Viticulturist) was ahead of the game and Aravina had a disease-free vintage.
Vintage commenced 3rd February with the Block G Chardonnay and concluded with the Block D Merlot on the 5th April.
2016 saw the first crop of Tempranillo harvested from the property. The Aravina Tempranillo planting is a polyclonal planting with clones supplied from Castilla y Leon, referred to as Tinta Del Pais and Tinto de Toro, representing their region of origin. These regions are currently making the best and most lucrative wines in Spain. We were very excited with our first pick, as the fruit flavour was stunning. The wine has been fermented and is now safely tucked away in oak barriques.
Substantial re-structure work completed during the last growing season has resulted in outstanding fruit quality and quantity. The last three years of intense inputs into the vineyard are seeing dividends with healthy canopies and balanced crops. Fruit flavours have been intense with good natural acids and flavours developing early in the season. Particularly outstanding varieties to look out for this vintage are Chardonnay, Chenin, Tempranillo and Cabernet.