With two relatively easy seasons in Gisborne in 2013 and 2014, grapegrowers mentally prepared themselves for a tougher year even before the season began. Its farming at the end of the day, so the law of averages means that not every season will the same and you will be challenged on some vintages.
With cooler conditions in November through flowering, the Matawhero vineyards experiences a moderately reduce yields this season. We had a wet Spring but generally ideal growing conditions for most of Summer. The particularly good weather in January, and early into February, ensured that the flavours came early in the season and, combined with lighter crops, that the fruit was physiologically and flavour ready long before they were sugar (or Brix) ready. This also allowed us to harvest most of the whites before cyclone Pam headed towards the East Coast in late February. Overall the whites have a beautiful concentration of fruit flavours and are nicely balanced. With the wines all through their primary ferment and the Chardonnay’s and reds going through malolactic fermentation at present, you can definitely see the makings of another lovely portfolio of wines from Matawhero in 2015.