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.
A cool healthy ferment was surprisingly vigorous given the temperature pressure (down to 8C). Extended lees contact, along with French yeast and our version of the old-world practice of battonage lead to enhanced aromatics and added complexity.