Grape expectations

Signs point to a ‘stunning vintage’.

Signs point to a ‘stunning vintage’.

FIRST LOAD: The first of Indevin's grapes came off the vines of a vineyard at Makauri yesterday in a trial pick and with the fruit ripening well the harvest will kick into full gear next week. Indevin production manager Leon Duckworth(left) and winemaker Hamish Anderson look on as first of the crop pours in for processing. Picture by Liam Clayton
Leon Duckworth (Production Manager), Hamish Anderson (Winemaker) and Aurelien Mansuy (Wine Maker) take a break.
Grapes starting on their journey to wine.

INDEVIN did a trial pick of the first of the region’s grape crop yesterday and signs are it could be another “stunning” vintage for Gisborne wine.

The company harvested grapes from a Makauri vineyard.

“As a first pick it was a fantastic result,” said Indevin production winemaker Steve Voysey.

“It showed us the grapes are ripening quickly and we are ready to go with our harvest.”

Mr Voysey said they would have the weekend off and get into full harvest from Monday.

“The grapes picked today all came in with Brix levels higher than we anticipated so we’re good to go. The yields are right on estimate.”

Mr Voysey said this was shaping up to be a good average season for yields and an above average season for quality.

“We can see what is hanging out on the vines and the next two weeks will tell us more about the prospects for the wine quality this vintage.

“But from what we can see at this stage the prospects do look good for the 2016 vintage,” he said.

“This is shaping up to be another stunning season for Gisborne wine.”

Marlborough-based Indevin makes the wine here and it is bottled in Auckland.

“We expect to harvest about 8000 tonnes this season in the Gisborne district.”

Close to 16,000 tonnes could be harvested around the district this season.

Gisborne Wine Growers Association president Al Knight said some of the early Chardonnay varieties were maturing quicker.

“It’s highly likely other companies will get their harvests started next week as well," Mr Knight said.

“The quality is superb and I agree the prospects for another stunning season are definitely there,” Mr Knight said.

“Growers have lifted the bar in this district with their spray programmes and canopy management, and it shows in the quality of the crop.”

Mr Knight said there could be delays with some varieties due to the cooler and wetter spring.

“We may be slightly later than last year overall. But if this hot weather keeps up, maturity will ramp up and things will really take off over the next couple of weeks.”

INDEVIN did a trial pick of the first of the region’s grape crop yesterday and signs are it could be another “stunning” vintage for Gisborne wine.

The company harvested grapes from a Makauri vineyard.

“As a first pick it was a fantastic result,” said Indevin production winemaker Steve Voysey.

“It showed us the grapes are ripening quickly and we are ready to go with our harvest.”

Mr Voysey said they would have the weekend off and get into full harvest from Monday.

“The grapes picked today all came in with Brix levels higher than we anticipated so we’re good to go. The yields are right on estimate.”

Mr Voysey said this was shaping up to be a good average season for yields and an above average season for quality.

“We can see what is hanging out on the vines and the next two weeks will tell us more about the prospects for the wine quality this vintage.

“But from what we can see at this stage the prospects do look good for the 2016 vintage,” he said.

“This is shaping up to be another stunning season for Gisborne wine.”

Marlborough-based Indevin makes the wine here and it is bottled in Auckland.

“We expect to harvest about 8000 tonnes this season in the Gisborne district.”

Close to 16,000 tonnes could be harvested around the district this season.

Gisborne Wine Growers Association president Al Knight said some of the early Chardonnay varieties were maturing quicker.

“It’s highly likely other companies will get their harvests started next week as well," Mr Knight said.

“The quality is superb and I agree the prospects for another stunning season are definitely there,” Mr Knight said.

“Growers have lifted the bar in this district with their spray programmes and canopy management, and it shows in the quality of the crop.”

Mr Knight said there could be delays with some varieties due to the cooler and wetter spring.

“We may be slightly later than last year overall. But if this hot weather keeps up, maturity will ramp up and things will really take off over the next couple of weeks.”

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