The vintage for 2016 is now well and truly over for everybody on the Mornington Peninsula.  It seemed to come with a bit of rush, and then a few false starts, with Shiraz and Merlot drifting on a few weeks after the Pinot Noir was safely tucked away.  The general concensus is that it was a good year with sugar and acid levels just where they should be and little disease.  2016 is going to be a year of great wines and lots of them – so long as everything goes well in the barrel.

Picking Pinot

2016 – picking Pinot Noir

Now we enter that quiet time – that season of mists and mellow fruitfulness – before the work of pruning begins.  Now is the time to head down into the cellar and have a rummage around.  Pull out a few of those bottles that you’ve been laying down and enjoy them on an afternoon with the last of the Autumn sun.  I think today should be such a day – cheers!