The 2009 harvest at Vinoptima has been outstanding, one of the best for this vineyard and very similar to 2004. The season started with excellent flowering resulting in good even fruit set and about a week earlier than last year. Consequently veraison commenced a week earlier also.
Generally the summer was drier and warmer here at Ormond than with previous seasons. This allowed for higher Brixes and flavour development which is critical for Gewurztraminer. While there were a few rainy days in March it was mainly light and the grapes were able to withstand this without splitting or rots developing.
Harvest commenced on March 24th and finished April 2nd during a period of brilliant sunshine. Fruit quality was excellent with brixes ranging from 24.5 to 26.5 throughout the vineyard. The juices are rich and aromatic with ginger/spicy undertones. Overall tonnage was 10% higher than last year. Because of the excellent season and fruit quality we have left 25% of the vineyard area un-harvested to produce a Noble Late Harvest style. This fruit will not be harvested until June!
All in all this has been one of the best years at Vinoptima.