Wanaka's Autumn Vines and the Harvest

Posted on May 02, 2013

Rippon Vineyard Harvest 2013

The time of year when leaves turn from green to gold, the days turn from long to short, the horizon turns from schist grey to snow white, and when grapes turn from vine to the vat. Here we have it, it's harvest time.

Rippon vineyard being our closest (geographically) selection on the wine list, always promises high and delivers higher. We absolutely love their Mature Vine series, of which we stock the 2008 Pinot Noir and the graceful Gewurztraminer.

Ever faithful to our neighbours, we thought we'd take a moment to mention Rippon Vineyard for this significant time in the wine growers (and consumers) year. The growing season started off with a late frost and many a tear in the region as buds perished. Rippon faired well with its sloping faces and a bit of good will from Mother Nature resulting in a healthy start. The reward after such a bad start to the season was a fantastic summer, dry and hot for months on end. All but the farmers and those watching their private water supplys were so grateful for such an excellent summer and the results will be fantastic as the 2013 vintage will prove in time.

Jo & Nick Mills, and Briar are my contacts with Rippon, and as often as we can we have a quick chat on the phone to get our guests along the millenium track walking door to door to sample their tasting room. This time Briar sent me some images taken this week of the harvest and these are the images you see here.

Please look out for the 2013 vintage of anything Central Otago, but especially Rippon, this is definately something to stock up on. Our cellar will feature the 2013 when it is drinking at its best.