Usually around this time each year we are asked for our Vintage Report for the Yarra Valley. We are still harvesting grapes but journalists and industry professionals usually want the inside goss….so here it is for you.
In a nutshell, the Yarra had good winter rainfall followed by a very dry and warm growing season leading into an early harvest that nearly caught our winemakers unawares. One minute we were coasting along, suddenly it was “Oh bugger, everything is ripening…quick, start picking now!”
The date was the 18th February. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay came pouring into the winery; hand-picked and machine harvested. A very hectic time of year with someone usually yelling out at some stage “It’s a … circus!”.
The 2013 Chardonnay is medium weight with good flavours whilst Pinot Noir that is off their skins is quite plump, densely coloured and showing early perfume. Much needed rain arrived in late February to cool the tempers, cool the vines and bring everything back to a state of calmness. Calm winemakers make calm wine (so they say).
Christmas is almost upon us with all its glorious madness. A whirlwind of parties, dinners, drinks and reflecting on what is important. There is the craziness and excitement from all the younger children with the thoughts of Santa and presents, whereas for me it is about being together with family and friends to share good health and good times.
I look at my own family get-togethers and we are a diverse mob. My sister-in-law is Canadian so last year we had the full turkey dinner with hot veggies, plum pudding and the works. The year before that, it was my mother’s turn so we had a mix of Italian and Australian influences, still with pudding and custard. This year, my husband Stephen and I are hosting the family. For us it is more about tasty BBQs, lots of fresh seafood, salads…..but still the plum pudding.