Much to the adoration of some of our (very tired) vineyard staff, the 2017 vintage (V17) has finally come to an end with Muscat grapes being the last picked. Viticulturalist, Matthew Partridge (pictured below) had the following to say about the V17 Season:
“In comparison to the chaos of last year’s vintage, 2017 has been an absolutely ideal vintage. Rutherglen has experienced a long, mild and dry summer, with an early autumn – this is often referred to as an Indian summer. The vines have loved this and been able to ripen the fruit in a slow and orderly fashion.
The vineyard and winery staff have enjoyed this as it means that each variety has been harvested on its own.
V17 will be one of those years that we will talk about as being an “ideal” vintage, which actually refers to the fact that conditions were ideal.
So keep your eyes open for the Rutherglen Estate wines of V17 as there will be some very special ones.”