Cart 0 items: $0.00


Qty Item Description Price Total
  SubTotal $0.00

View Cart

Your Account  |  Login
Justin Purser
4 March 2015 | Vintage Blog | Justin Purser

Vintage 2015

Vintage 2015 is well under way, with the first grapes brought into the winery in the last week of February. It’s always so satisfying to reach the pointy end of a hard-fought battle with Mother Nature and to celebrate the fruit of our labour coming to life in the vineyard.

Our vintage crew for is headed by Best’s winemaker Justin Purser, with assistant winemaker Simon, cellar hands Andy and Hadyn, and lab technician Leanne. Joe Warren from Brisbane, who is a recent wine graduate with a culinary background, joins us for vintage, as well as sommelier Raphael from Rockpool 1989 in Sydney.

The picking season kicked off slightly earlier this year due to the ideal ripening weather (warmish days and cool nights) and 10cm of rain in January, which brought grape maturity forward. Despite lower yields due to frost and a cold spring in 2013, which is when the primordial buds that determine fruitfulness for this season were formed, the grapes are full of flavour.

Our first varieties to be picked were Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. The flavours and aromas are fantastically intense but the yields are low. So the fruit is great but we would like more of it!

Andy, our basket press guru, was surprised to learn that we need to push our Riesling grapes through an open press traditionally reserved for red grapes. What are these grapes like? Think plump, sticky fruit that explodes like gumnuts in a bushfire.

Speaking of blazes, we had our own scare earlier this year when a fire raged through grasslands just south of Best’s property. Thankfully the winds kept it away but one of our fantastic Shiraz growers was not so lucky. Devastatingly, their entire crop was wiped out, so sadly their hard work has gone to waste and we miss out on their terrific fruit for the 2015 vintage. Such is the occasional severity of Mother Nature!

On a positive note, the acids are nicely high this year, which can be seen in the grapes retaining all their acid and flavour at harvest – a sure sign of a good season ahead. After battling super warm weather conditions in past vintages, last year we invested in an insulated container that we hook up to an air-conditioning unit. It's perfect for storing grapes before processing and fermenting chardonnay barrels.

After handpicking Pinot Noir grapes a few days ago, we stored them in this insulated container. The next day I walked in to the winery and was happily punched in the face by an intense perfume of violets and musky cherries. What a way to start the day! Now the goal is to capture all those amazing characteristics in the bottle. Inspiring stuff.

Next week, the remaining Riesling and most of the Pinot Noir will be harvested and maybe even some Shiraz. Wish us luck!


Georgia Lea's Gravatar
Georgia Lea
@ 22/03/2015 at 12:30 PM
What are you currently picking? When do you forecast to have finished vintage? Whats the last grape you pick?

Paula's Gravatar
@ 19/05/2015 at 9:04 AM
Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? I'm planning to start my own blog soon but I'm a little lost on everything.

Would you advise starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Bless you!

Elite Test 360's Gravatar
Elite Test 360
@ 19/05/2015 at 8:37 PM
All the information and support I needed is there to take me to the next level. It is so flexible and very easy to personalize for individual fitness goals and needs.

Abercrombie Fitch fragrance's Gravatar
Abercrombie Fitch fragrance
@ 25/05/2015 at 1:58 AM
Back in the spring season, Abercrombie introduced us to their initial collection with black clothes ever, and included a few bigger, looser-fitting items (hey there, maxi outfits!). In conclusion, it appears both brand names are up to a little rejiggering, as well as we don't know regarding you, yet we'll be keeping our eyes and ears (and also closets!) open for the latest. Your California Privacy Rights Teenager Vogue © 2014 Condé Nast Digital.

RebbeccaUPencak's Gravatar
@ 08/06/2015 at 6:48 AM
Good respond in return of this issue with genuine arguments and describing all about that.

best home loan mortgage rate refinance's Gravatar
best home loan mortgage rate refinance
@ 22/06/2015 at 6:13 PM
You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I'm looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

credit cards after bankruptcy's Gravatar
credit cards after bankruptcy
@ 23/06/2015 at 9:10 AM
Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my weblog so i came to go back the choose?.I am trying to in finding things to enhance my website!I guess its adequate to use some of your ideas!!

restaurants near me monterey ca's Gravatar
restaurants near me monterey ca
@ 27/06/2015 at 12:18 PM
hello!,I love your writing very much! proportion we be in contact extra about your post on AOL? I require an expert in this space to resolve my problem. Maybe that's you! Having a look forward to peer you.'s Gravatar
@ 08/03/2016 at 2:14 AM
Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and the rest of the site is very good.

Add A Blog Comment
E-Mail me when someone comments on this post

Leave this field blank: