This harvest was quite a season for our industry that had many of us on the edge of our seats. Harvest is generally “go time” season already, but with the weather being all over the place delivering cloudy skies with bursts of showers, hot spells, as well as the “shatter” development of the berry clusters which saw a decrease in overall tonnage…it’s been QUITE a harvest season! This does not mean the wine will be any less wonderful, but it just shows the fight that we have all had to put in.
For us personally, we saw a lot of grapes come through and it was an exciting year as we had some of our first harvests for our estate grapes in Templeton! We were able to harvest our contracted Cabernet Sauvignon, which was wonderful for our friends in the industry. Then we brought in our Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Grenache, which are now sitting in barrels.
I got to taste our Malbec for the first time and I was thrilled as I thought it was rich, had dark fruit, and held great potential. I have no idea what my dad and husband have up their sleeves for these varietals. I am personally hoping for some new 100% Bourdeaux wines, but I’m sure we’ll see some blends. I know for our wine club they are crossing their fingers for the come back of the GSM. I have a feeling that they will be starting on that in 1-2 years once we are able to harvest our own Syrah and Mourvedre (Sorry Erik&Hannah, Paul&Gina…others!)
We do have more varieties to look forward to in the near future and we are beyond excited about being 100% Estate wines. We will have more Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Petite Sirah. A majority of these grapes will be coming from our vineyard in Adelaida.
As I close, I want to thank our Harvest & Crush team for all they did this season as we couldn’t have done it without them…Dean/Vineyard Manager (who did a wonderful job with our vineyards this year), all the help in the vineyards & winery, Cyndi, Adrielle, Darron, Miranda, and my mom, Lynn (for the last, toughest harvest).
Feeling tired and blessed,