Main Ridge Pinot Noir...
Budburst - 7 Sep [avg 7 Sep]
Flowering – 11 Nov [avg 21 Nov]
Veraison - 23 Jan [avg 3 Feb]
Harvest – 19 Mar [avg 31 Mar]
Budburst-harvest - 194 days [avg 207 days]
DORMANT INTERVAL [May-Aug]: Temperatures just above average; rainfall well above average (360mm v 282mm avg), 3rd wettest dormant interval. Good budburst, even growth.
BUDBURST INTERVAL [Sep-Nov]: Temperatures just above average; rainfall below average (though November above average). Excellent flowering period with high percentage set.
FLORAISON INTERVAL [Dec-Jan]: Temperatures well above average, our warmest floraison interval; rainfall below average.
VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]: Temperatures average though this disguises our 2nd coolest February and warmest March (though minimums were below average throughout); rainfall below average. Right on harvest, the 10 days from 9-18 March saw 7 days above 30° with five of those above 35°. Excellent lead up to harvest although the 5 days above 35° caused concern, nevertheless flavours tracked well and fruit condition proved excellent.
Budburst and flowering about average, veraison 2 weeks early and harvest our 3rd earliest Pinot Noir on record, 12 days earlier than average. Hang time 13 days shorter than average, the 3rd shortest in our 14 year record.
Wines are regarded as very good. Langton’s rate it 8/Halliday 8.