Main Ridge Pinot Noir...
Budburst - 10 Sep
Flowering – 29 Nov
Veraison - 10 Feb
Harvest – 14 Apr
Budburst-harvest - 216 days
DORMANT INTERVAL [May-Aug]: Temperatures average; rainfall just below average. Good budburst with excellent growth.
BUDBURST INTERVAL [Sep-Nov]: Temperatures close to average; rainfall 23% below average. Incredibly poor flowering. some blocks set no fruit at all, average yields 1/3 of desired range (if harvested)
FLORAISON INTERVAL [Dec-Jan]: Temperatures below average, easily our coolest December and, overall, our coolest floraison interval; rainfall 13% above average. Very poor fruit set, coulure (berries do not set and shatter after flowering), a lot of hen & chicken.
VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]: Temperatures just below average; rainfall 31% below average. Very good conditions for harvest, intense flavour development from very low yielding vines.
Average budburst, slightly late flowering but very late veraison (2 weeks later than average), however harvest was a week earlier than average. Short hang time, 5 days shorter than average.
Wines were good but yields negligible (2002 PN 0.5 t/ha). Langton’s rate it 6/Halliday 8.