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2016 VINTAGE REPORT

As we press some hand-pick Sauvignon direct to barrel and focus on smelling and tasting ferments I thought it would be the ideal time to have a quick recap before we start pressing off the Pinots. It looks like Wednesday the 20th of April will be the last day of picking for us, when we take our Ward Farm Sauvignon, which is pretty well always our last, and also one small bit of special Chardonnay that we have left out to concentrate further to give us another option for the Mahi Chardonnay. Even the fact that we still have a couple of blocks to pick at this stage of April gives some idea of the vintage, being that it will be a later finish for us than the last few years. After a cool start to the growing season in September we had a warm spell late November and early December which really suited flowering. Christmas was slightly cooler then midway through January it started to heat up and the ripening season has been one of our warmer ones of…

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