Vintage is in full swing at Aravina Estate and Chief Winemaker Ryan Aggiss has an update from the vineyard and the exciting new installation of our winery on site...
"As the sun has continued to shine and the days begin to get shorter it means one thing: vintage 2018. The season has been kind thus far (touch wood), with minimal birds in the area due to the heavy marri blossom and basically no rain to create disease pressures. We really couldn’t have hoped for a better season.
Last week we harvested both A block and J block Semillon with around 39t in total. We hand picked our premium Chardonnay parcels, with about 11.2t picked in total. Grapes were crushed, pressed and then rolled to some great French oak and are now fermenting up in our winery - as you can see in the photos below.
Crushing the chardonnay and putting some to oak.
Quality was excellent and I expect the wines to look great, continuing with the calibre that that we have been producing over the past few award winning vintages.
We also picked a small 5t pick for our sparkling chenin base and the juice is vibrant and tight, perfect for our 'A' Collection Sparkling Chenin Blanc. This is being racked off it's slushy settlings and then will be tankered into Aravina for ferment later this week or early the next.
So with about 56t picked we are 20% through our picking.....
This week we will pick our Sauvignon Blanc (20t) and remaining Semillon (7t) parcels along with our Tempranillo Rose base (8t). That will only leave a small Sauvingon Blanc pick next week and our mammoth Chenin pick that week too - the estate is famed in the region for it's Chenin for good reason! We have the best quality AND quantity with over 4.6 Ha under vine.
Reds are likely to start in a fortnight so it will be a busy but very productive few weeks! Overall quality and yields are epic and with this great weather I'm hopeful of another brilliant Cabernet vintage."