A Tale of Two Vintages: 2018 in the Hunter Valley vs 2017 in Southern France

Our resident winemaker Ashley Hausler reports from the Hunter Valley that the harvest and wine crush in Jan/Feb was an outstanding vintage.
No rain whatsoever provided beautiful growing conditions for both red and white wines.
As a result, the fruit was pristine and created beautiful clean and clear flavours.

In Southern France the vintage is generally August/September.

In 2017 the harvest was the lowest since 1945 with hot dry weather at the start of the European summer accelerating ripening.

Harvest was 10-15 days earlier.

Although yields will be lower the general prediction (as for the Hunter) is that quality will be excellent.

We are looking forward to receiving our Chateau de L’Ou Rose from this vintage.