Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Voyager Estate - Harvest News pt.3

Posted by Julian Campbell, Buyer
Voyager Estate Harvest Update - 7th March 2012

Today sees the completion of the white grapes from our vineyards, with the harvest of a small patch of Viognier. The skins from the Viognier will be incorporated with our first block of Shiraz for co-fermentation. We only use about one percent Viognier in our Shiraz, and find it is important in adding subtle floral nuances and lift to the wine. The Shiraz looks amazing, with excellent tannin ripeness and vibrant berry flavours now emerging in the fruit. With a week of perfect autumn weather forecast, I suspect most of our Shiraz will be harvested over the next ten days. We employ mainly hand harvesting on our Shiraz and, tend to pick small batches at a time. The fruit is gently crushed into open fermenters, leaving a lot of whole berries in the ferment, which offers a soft extraction of flavours and tannin.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is also looking great with excellent early flavour development. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for finishing off this variety which loves a bit of 'hang time' on the vine to achieve full physiological ripeness and concentration of flavour.


Steve James.