Voyager Estate - Harvest News

Voyager Estate - Harvest News

Monday 20th February 2012
by Justerini & Brooks

Steve James, our good friend at the ever popular Voyager Estate has once again been in touch with news of the harvest in Margaret River. Due to some technical difficulties this is a little late to be posted, but there will no doubt be more to follow:

2nd February -  2012

Due to one of the hottest Januarys on record, we commenced our 2012 grape harvest today - a record 5 days earlier than our previous earliest vintage 2007.

Consistently warm to hot weather with mild nights has ripened the Chardonnay fruit quite quickly, which is developing very good flavour at low sugar levels. Due to our early harvest regime the acidity levels are very good, and the first block of fruit picked has lovely lime/lemon flavours which this block consistently displays. This block is planted to Chardonnay Dijon Clone 95, and whilst not overly powerful in fruit intensity, it offers a more textural and structural element to our wine. It is perfectly suited to fermentation in barrel with lots of solids and, allowing the indigenous yeasts to do their thing.

We have a few cooler days forecast, followed by some warmer conditions later next week, so I expect harvest will be in full swing by early to mid next week.

All varieties are through veraison and, the early cane and seed ripeness on the red varieties is the best I have seen!

I am sure next week will have a lot more action with quite a few Chardonnay blocks very close to ripeness.

It is great to be underway and, embracing another early and potentially compressed harvest period, which will keep us all quite busy for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

- Steve James, Voyager Estate