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Flagstone Harvest 2016 Posted on March 10 2016 by
The 2016 vintage started with a bang! We crushed over 30% of our grapes in the first two weeks. We are currently sitting over 70% of after five weeks.
This was driven by two factors, the extreme heat visited on the vineyards in January and one of the worst droughts we've experienced in recent years.
Most of the vineyards ripened a week earlier than what we are accustomed to, seeing huge volumes of grapes arrive at the winery from day one, led by our Chenin Blanc from Wellington.
First to grapes of the #2016Harvest - Chenin Blanc
This year we are crushing much more Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay tonnage for our new wines that will be launched in the third quarter this year. We have a Chenin Blanc is called Tributary that is made from 100% bush vine Chenin and a Chardonnay called Two Roads, this is a combination of fruit from Wellington, Helderberg, Elgin and Elim. We are also launching our Poetry Chardonnay in August.
Winemakers Gerhard Swart & Karen Bruwer tasting the Chardonnay grapes and the fermenting Chenin Blanc °B measurement. Beautiful guava and peach.
The Chardonnay is looking fantastic, we have such great diversity from these regions to give us a unique character and a great building block.
Chenin Blanc from Paarl, all hands on deck to sort it while Chardonnay gets its yeast
The first tanks of Pinotage and Shiraz have finished fermentation and the wines have a intense red berry fruit flavour. This is very promising for the rest of our reds.
Yeast rehydration for Shiraz
With March came the first tendrils of the new season with longer and cooler nights. Weary bodies tend to notice these subtleties quickly. Driving out to Writers Block in the Breede Kloof and tasting in the vineyard at 7am is now an exercise best conduct with a jacket as the temperature is only 14C that high up on the Mountain. These cool nights are very promising for the remaining red grapes that need to be harvested, these low temperatures are excellent for colour development.
Shiraz making itself felt while outside Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin gets crushed
We're very excited about this years harvest and we have high expectations for the 2016 vintage. Last stretch now, the winery is looking forward to some well earned down-time.
Winemaker Gerhard Swart tasting and blending Poetry Merlot. "Sip Happens, It's Ok To Wine"
Sorting Writers Block Pinotage and morning tank tastings