2022 was another harvest in dynamic times. A top effort from our team helped make it a successful one all around, and we managed to avoid any COVID issues. We were fortunate to bring in some of our Cellar Door team to assist and it was great to share the energy of harvest and show them more of what we do.
In Marlborough the early and mid growing season was warm and wet, leading to healthy growth in the vineyards and a good set of fruit. We saw the under vine and the hills stay green for the whole growing season, which is a rarity in Marlborough. Being organic we do not spray herbicide, and managing weeds and undergrowth in these tricky conditions was a focus for our vineyard team. February was cold and wet, slowing ripening and raising disease pressure in the vineyards. Thankfully from late February through to picking the conditions were mostly dry and settled, allowing us to pick each variety and block at optimal flavour ripeness. Overall we are thrilled to see the elegance and freshness in the Marlborough wines from 2022.
2022 is a year in Central Otago at our Trig Hill vineyard that we will look back on fondly. The growing season was kind, with ample warmth, intermittent rain, and balanced healthy canopies and crops. Warm and settled weather again shined on us leading up to harvest, and we were able to pick all of our blocks with great ‘numbers’ but more importantly amazing flavours and phenological characters to make top quality wine across the board. Our Rise and Shine Pinot Noir for our yet to be released Amphora Lieu Dit series wines was a highlight with the team, and we are also excited across the board with the Pinot Noir. Fans of our Tempranillo will be thrilled to know it is the best I have seen in my 3 harvests at Rock Ferry.