2018 Harvest Report, M. CHAPOUTIER AUSTRALIA
Pyrenees and Heathcote wine regions, Victoria
2018, a vintage of contrasts thanks to both the capricious and generous nature of the land we nurture…
A devastating frost in the Pyrenees in early November severely impacted the vines, which, thanks to our method of organic viticulture, recovered in time for flowering. The long dry ripening season was complemented by cool nights which allowed complexity and acidity to develop in the berries, which were smaller than usual and packed into tight clusters.
The combination of the long ripening season and small berries meant that the concentration of flavours in the grapes was incredible, with rich dark fruits and great freshness.
Harvest began on the 27th February and not surprisingly, on the high contoured Chardonnay block on our Landsborough Vineyard. This 1.4ha parcel continues to deliver an outstanding crop of beautifully ripened Chardonnay grapes.
Mid-March saw the harvest of reds begin, with Shiraz and Sangiovese from our Shay’s Flat and Landsborough Vineyards almost popping off the vine with gorgeous intensity of flavour. Our luscious and textural Riesling (only 10 rows!) and Viognier also ripened at this time. Later in March the Grenache announced its’ ripeness along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional, all displaying luxurious fruit characters and minerality.
Across in Heathcote, the dry-grown Lady’s Lane Vineyard, on 4ha of deep 500-million-year-old Cambrian soil will develop into a wine of deep power and elegance with a dark core of black fruit flavours.
Moving back to the Pyrenees, we come to our Malakoff Vineyard, whose Shiraz suffered the brunt of the late Spring frost. Our Lieu-dit-Malakoff is destined to be a wonderful wine and our single blocks of Saddleback/S-Block and L-Block destined to be classics.
The first pressings taste incredible and we are very excited to see the wines in bottle.
Cheers to the 2018 vintage and the hard work of our vineyard and winery team.
General Manager, M. Chapoutier Australia