Simon and Vanessa Barker
Lower yields and warm, dry weather led to an early harvest and the very best quality. Cool, wet weather at flowering naturally reduced crops, so we didn’t need to manage yields. From mid-December we had a warm and very dry summer. Rainfall from 1st January was just 57% of the 10 year average at Muritai. The lower yields were partly balanced by higher juice levels. The grapes receive the kind of personal vine care you can only get when the winemaker and viticulturist live on the vineyard.
Minimal action in the winery. This year’s Loop maintains its special floral character. It has an undoubted (maybe slightly surprising) power and concentration that is in tune with the V15 vintage in general.