19 April 2012 - by -
Two factors had a big influence on this vintage.
The first were the cool periods during November and December 2011 and then from middle February 2012 till the end of the vintage. Not even the hot spells in-between could change this being a much more spread out and later than normal vintage. These conditions definitely contributed to better ripeness and fruit development in the wines.
The second is supplementary irrigation. “Probably our best investment ever”, something Nick Pentz will always mention when asked about the subject. This definitely contributed towards quality after a very dry winter and summer.
A sneak peak at what to expect of some of the cultivars ...
Reserve Pinot Noir 2012: Intense strawberry, raspberry flavour and roundness on the palate.
Merlot 2012: The lower crop and canopy management are starting to produce wines with deep intense fruit and ripe tannins.
Shiraz 2012: Dark coloured, a lot of fruit and tannins. The farm has the potential to produce top Shiraz wine for years to come.
Sauvignon Blanc 2012: Beautiful intense year, good acids, fruit of both green and ripe spectrum. Up there as one of the better years.
Chardonnay 2012: Small berries this year produced very intense and concentrated wines. Good acids, best in a long while.