Start of the Harvest: Night Attack

We began the harvest this morning at 4 o’clock. We’ve hired the same man and his impressive machine that we’ve used since 2006, bringing in the grapes really cold and fresh before dawn. The flavours of the sauvignon blanc, from early ripening young vines, are superb. And with the early start, a Full Moon and the chill of the night, the grapes are fresh, crisp and juicy – with little risk of oxidation as they come into our winery within minutes of being picked.

Even if we could find a way to pick at night by hand (miners’ headlamps?), I wouldn’t be the most popular man in the village if I asked the locals to start at this hour. Thankfully, our loyal team of Daniel and Nelly, and driver Guy, are u