As the climate cool down the vineyards start to begin their dormancy processAs the cooler weather starts to creep in, the leaves on the vineyard change and wine is being bottled and made, and thanks to an early harvest, the hard part has already been done for Wangolina’s Anita Goode.
“We finished our vintage pretty much just before Easter, so we’ve been finished for a month, which is great because we got all of our fruit off before the change of season” she said.
“We’re really pleased with the way everything has come out, it was a sharp, short and fast vintage.”
The timing couldn’t have been better either Anita said, as everything had been done before the heavy winds and rain swept through the region earlier this week. Infact, the winter weather is exactly what the vineyward needs right now.
“Most of the vines are in the process of shutting down and getting ready for dormancy, it is actually quite handy to get a bit of cooler weather come through cause it actually kicks that dormancy hormone off, it starts realising that its winter now so time to loose their leaves, the leaves change colour which happens generally in Autumn anyway.”
Anita says the white wine this year is especially bright and aromatic. “All sorts of things can affect the flavour of the wine, in whites, we’re lucky here because of our climate, the cooler climate really does push that real aromatic character in a lot of the white wine that we make around the region.”
It’s not just the climate that affects the taste of the wine.
“Soil influences it, cropping level influences it, how you make the winery in the wine influences, so there’s lots of different ways you can go about changing the taste from grape to wine.”
“It’s most important that you get it right in the vineyard first.”
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