Harris Organic Wines Vintage News

by Duncan Harris
(Swan Valley Perth.)

Vintage report from Harris Organic Wine

Following a very dry 2011 vintage the 2012 vintage is fast approaching. Early Madeleine grapes are past veraison and will be picked next week for the table and some for the flor fino (Fleur de Madeleine)sherry.

During November and December we had some hot day, ie 35+C but mostly cooler days of 24C with an unusual amount of rain being 69mm. This has pushed on our dry grown vineyard and hedging is necessary to just get down the rows. Some downey mildew events too, requiring some Bordeaux Mixture sprays.

In the Verdelho, mildew pressures are low at this time of year and the crop is clean and fruit levels are quite substantially more than last year.

Next week crop thinning (1/2 the fruit on the ground) of the Pedro Ximenez will allow the vines to naturally feed their grapes to mature to 25 Beame by late March.

The Chenin Blanc is also laden, where some will go for a sparkling wine and the "2012 Chenin Blanc" and the rest will make an excellent full flavoured brandy in years to come.

At this time of year we do not know what the weather will bring, but the start is looking very promising.

Happy New Year.

Duncan Harris
Organic Vigneron.

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