Red Harvest in Full Swing

It’s the week of harvesting most of our Merlot for the reds. The quality is surprisingly high with minimal rot, and I suspect that 2008 will be a far better vintage than we might have hoped for just a few weeks ago. This is the view of the vineyard at 7.45am, and it’s quite beautiful, with the fairly narrow, 1.5 metre wide rows of merlot we planted in 2002 in the foreground, and the sauvignon blanc down the hill towards the woods.

But what a relief to bring the grapes in this late in the season in such good shape. This is the merlot from the block shown above, pictured last thursday, and the gravel soils have provided excellent drainage.