Heathcote has had a fast-paced vintage – all over in just 28 days.
According to Tellurian Wines owner Daniel Hopkins, harvest started on the first day of February and was all in the winery by the last day – 29 February, making 2016 a ‘leap year’ vintage. “The last time we had such an early harvest was in 2008,” said Daniel. “That season was a very good one for us, so hopefully history will repeat. Normally Heathcote is known for cool nights through summer, but this year saw slightly warmer night time temperatures in December and early January, which has potentially contributed to the early ripening throughout the region.”
Tellurian was not alone in picking early. “Many of our neighbours throughout the region have experienced similar timing,” Daniel said. “Chalmers vineyard to our north, and on the opposite side of the Mt Camel range are well ahead of last year, as are Sanguine, further south and closer to the Heathcote township. So far all reports are of high quality fruit, showing fantastic flavour.”
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