2016 Vintage: Mad March
Date Posted:29 February 2016
It’s a little ‘mad’ in the Vale at this time of the year also but for very different reasons. It’s vintage time which means high anxiety as we only have the opportunity of one ‘show time’ for the year and we don’t want to mess it up. Heat waves and early vintages looked like the new normal for the past decade and a half, but this year’s cool summer is making the 2016 vintage look like the ‘good old days’. I’m deliberately ‘gun-shy’ about making predictions of quality whilst we still have grapes on the vine, but I’m somewhat ‘bullish’ this year. Both the yield and quality are full of promise. Watch out for a more comprehensive assessment once our vintage has been completed and the wines have finished fermenting.