After a decade of warm and dry conditions the 2011 vintage broke the drought with over 600 ml of rain during the growing season, the cool and wet conditions resulted in our latest harvest on record. A vintage characterised by never ending rain, cool temperatures (particularly around budburst and in the critical months from veraison to harvest) and high disease pressure. Some data...
It was our latest ever budburst, almost 3 weeks later than average, flowering and veraison a little later than average and harvest 2 weeks later than average, our latest vintage. Hang time just shorter than average.
Yields were reduced but those grapes that were picked were of good quality – great natural acidity and lovely flavours in our Chardonnay with the Pinot Noir benefitting from the long cool ripening.
Main Ridge Pinot Noir dates...
Budburst - 26 Sep [avg 7 Sep]
Flowering – 26 Nov [avg 21 Nov]
Veraison - 8 Feb [avg 3 Feb]
Harvest – 16 Apr [avg 31 Mar]
Budburst-harvest - 203 days [avg 207]
DORMANT INTERVAL [May-Aug]: Temperatures below average; rainfall above average, our 4th wettest dormant interval. Latest ever budburst (18 days later than average); even shoot length.
BUDBURST INTERVAL [Sep-Nov]: Temperatures below average; rainfall above average, our 2nd wettest budburst interval (including our wettest ever October). Long and humid flowering period resulting in good fruit set but with some hen and chicken.
FLORAISON INTERVAL [Dec-Jan]: Temperatures just above average; rainfall well above average (173mm v 91mm average), our wettest ever floraison interval including our wettest ever January (94mm v 36mm avg). High disease pressure period (Downy and Powdery Mildew), highest labour input required ever, good growth from humid and wet conditions.
VERAISON INTERVAL [Feb-Apr]: Temperatures cold; rainfall well above average (243mm v 151mm); equal 2nd longest veraison interval with 2001 (68 days v 57 day average). Constant triage to remove botrytis, low yields.
Budburst date latest ever, almost 3 weeks later than average, flowering and veraison a little later than average and harvest 2 weeks later than average, our latest vintage. Hang time just shorter than average.
Langton’s rate it 6 for Chardonnay, 5 for Pinot Noir/Halliday 6 for Chardonnay, 5 for Pinot Noir.