24 Jan January Vineyard Update
The growing season at the Montara winery is progressing very well.
Our yield levels are looking incredibly good, with lush green growth in the canopy foliage.
We have been busy irrigating through the heat of summer to ensure we set ourselves up with a crop in optimum condition at harvest time.
Pest and disease pressure has been especially low this season, with a bare minimum of fungicide used to prevent the dreaded powdery and downy mildew.
Also noted in the vineyard, we have wonderful populations of ladybugs and spiders present- a good indication that the ecology and predatory insect health is doing well at the site.
In the winery, we have been super busy blending the very promising 2018 Montara Pinot Noir.
I have been really happy with this wine from its early stages of vinification, and now that we have the final blends together from oak- I am extremely delighted with the result.
If the success of the 2017 Montara Pinot Noir is anything to go by, we should have something very special with this wine.
The task is made somewhat easier when we are the custodians of a vineyard that is approaching 50 years of vine age!
We look forward to updating you with some more news from the Montara winery and vineyard at the beginning of vintage 2019