2007 X Pinot Noir
Main Ridge Pinot Noir...
Budburst - 8 Sep [avg 7 Sep]
Flowering – 24 Nov [avg 21 Nov]
Veraison - 31 Jan [avg 3 Feb]
Harvest – 16 Mar [avg 31 Mar]
Budburst-harvest - 190 days [avg 207 days]
DORMANT INTERVAL [May-Aug]: Temperatures below average, particularly minimums – the coolest dormant interval minimums in our records; rainfall well below average, the driest dormant interval in our records. Despite this budburst only 1 day later than average. Budburst steady with slow spring growth.
BUDBURST INTERVAL [Sep-Nov]: Maximum temperatures above average but minimums well below average; rainfall well below average, 2nd driest budburst interval. Cool conditions led to long flowering period.
FLORAISON INTERVAL [Dec-Jan]: Temperatures above average; rainfall well below average. Fruit set low with yields well below average.
VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]: Temperatures above average, our 3rd warmest veraison interval; rainfall well below average, our driest veraison interval (although rain event on 28 February saw 22mm). Harvest conditions excellent .
Our driest year (total 445mm v 673mm avg) and growing season (total 225mm v 353mm avg); annual maximum temperatures were above average but minimum temperatures were well below average during the budburst interval (frosts “down the hill” in October) affecting flowering and fruit set and therefore yield (2007 PN 2.3 t/ha).
Budburst and flowering about average, veraison a week early and harvest our 2nd earliest on record (for Pinot Noir), 15 days earlier than average. Hang time 17 days shorter than average (170 days v 207), the shortest in our records.
Wines are regarded as excellent. Langton’s rate it 8/Halliday 9.