Wine & Vine Update - April 2019 April 03 2019
As the weeks tick by and the days get shorter we head into the final few weeks of the growing season. It’s a nervous time for all growers in Margaret River.
It’s a tough year for the region with over a 50% reduction in yields overall, due to a combination of pests/disease and the cool wet season we have endured. Sadly, some growers have already walked away from red grape vineyards in the south, leaving them to the mercy of birds and botrytis. Even up in the more robust North near Wilyabrup and Treeton reds have been written off.
That all being said, Aravina appears to be the jewel in the crown with only a slight reduction on 2018 yields for the whites and the reds look on target to beat 2018 yields, meaning once again this great site has been able to keep its bundle together despite the challenging season.
The winery is still rolling along nicely with all the whites finished their primary fermentation and will be packed up into blends and prepped for bottle in late May.
The hard work isn't over just yet, but we are excited to wrap up the 2019 vintage with the prospect of some incredible new wines for our cellar door in years to come!