Tough grape harvest nearly in

End of the 2017 pick in sight with 90 percent of region’s crop now with wineries.

End of the 2017 pick in sight with 90 percent of region’s crop now with wineries.

THIS has been a tough vintage for Gisborne grapegrowers and while the grapes have been harvested in remarkable condition, this will be a “mean” year for growers, said Gisborne winegrowers spokesman Doug Bell.

The end of the 2017 vintage is in sight with 90 percent of the region’s grape crop now with the wineries.

“Apart from a few red varieties and some late harvest ‘stickies’ we are nearly done,” Mr Bell said.

“The weather will dictate what happens from here, as it has done already this season.”

Harvesters began to work around the clock in mid-March to avoid the onset of wet weather, and the wet weather has kept on coming.

“It has been a really tough vintage for all parties,” Mr Bell said.

“The wineries have struggled to get the fruit off in time and growers have had to watch their crops at risk because of the wet weather.”

The Herald understands some growers lost crop this year for the first time because the weather got the better of the crops before they could be harvested.

Mr Bell said it had been tough physically and to some degree emotionally.

“There have been long hours worked by growers, harvesters going round the clock, and the wineries.

“The week before harvest determines our salary and this will be a mean year.

“But I must say the wineries have done their best and we as growers are grateful for that.”

Mr Bell said the fruit quality has been remarkable, despite the rain.

“There has been very little sour rot (a smelly vinegar rot as opposed to the fungal botryus).

“The grapes have been picked in remarkably good condition and while brix levels have been down a bit because of the dilution effect of the rain, the acids and PH in the grapes have been really good this year.

“That's across the board with all varieties.”

He said the end of the vintage was in sight now.

“We should be pretty much all done and dusted this week.”

Wine consultant Steve Voysey said the season got off to a fantastic start here with the early fruit outstanding for sparkling wines and pinot gris.

“We got everything flavour ripe but the dampness in the ground meant that we struggled to get the full brix.

“The wines look outstanding in the tanks so despite the weather I think Gisborne wines will look pretty smart this season,” Mr Voysey said.

“That is based on the fruit getting to nice maturity levels based on flavour and aroma that we have seen so far.”

THIS has been a tough vintage for Gisborne grapegrowers and while the grapes have been harvested in remarkable condition, this will be a “mean” year for growers, said Gisborne winegrowers spokesman Doug Bell.

The end of the 2017 vintage is in sight with 90 percent of the region’s grape crop now with the wineries.

“Apart from a few red varieties and some late harvest ‘stickies’ we are nearly done,” Mr Bell said.

“The weather will dictate what happens from here, as it has done already this season.”

Harvesters began to work around the clock in mid-March to avoid the onset of wet weather, and the wet weather has kept on coming.

“It has been a really tough vintage for all parties,” Mr Bell said.

“The wineries have struggled to get the fruit off in time and growers have had to watch their crops at risk because of the wet weather.”

The Herald understands some growers lost crop this year for the first time because the weather got the better of the crops before they could be harvested.

Mr Bell said it had been tough physically and to some degree emotionally.

“There have been long hours worked by growers, harvesters going round the clock, and the wineries.

“The week before harvest determines our salary and this will be a mean year.

“But I must say the wineries have done their best and we as growers are grateful for that.”

Mr Bell said the fruit quality has been remarkable, despite the rain.

“There has been very little sour rot (a smelly vinegar rot as opposed to the fungal botryus).

“The grapes have been picked in remarkably good condition and while brix levels have been down a bit because of the dilution effect of the rain, the acids and PH in the grapes have been really good this year.

“That's across the board with all varieties.”

He said the end of the vintage was in sight now.

“We should be pretty much all done and dusted this week.”

Wine consultant Steve Voysey said the season got off to a fantastic start here with the early fruit outstanding for sparkling wines and pinot gris.

“We got everything flavour ripe but the dampness in the ground meant that we struggled to get the full brix.

“The wines look outstanding in the tanks so despite the weather I think Gisborne wines will look pretty smart this season,” Mr Voysey said.

“That is based on the fruit getting to nice maturity levels based on flavour and aroma that we have seen so far.”

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