Vintage update | a busy March

We are coming to the end of what will prove to be an outstanding vintage for Margaret River. Stormflower had a bit of our normal stormy weather in October 2017, which affected yields on the early white varieties (Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc), but apart from that the weather has been perfect for growing grapes. The season has been very similar to 2014, with plenty of rain combined with above average temperatures through winter and a long mild and dry summer ripening period.

We handpicked half of our Shiraz this morning and the last of our Shiraz will be machine harvested tomorrow. This will leave only the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that is destined for our botrytis wine hanging out there for a few more weeks. All the fruit looks great and we can’t wait to see what our winemaker, Stuart Pym, has done with it.

Below you will find photos from 15 March when we hand picked around 9 tonnes of Cabernet Sauvignon, and this morning's Shiraz pick. Big thanks to our awesome staff. 

David Martin, Owner

 Cabernet Sauvignon harvest 15 March

Cabernet Sauvignon harvest 15 March

 Cabernet Sauvignon harvest 15 March

Cabernet Sauvignon harvest 15 March

 Shiraz harvest 28 March

Shiraz harvest 28 March

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