‘Fast and furious’ pretty much sums up the entire ’17/’18 season!
A very dry winter for most of Southern Tasmania had us all on edge heading into spring although budburst timing was around normal at the end of September/start of October. Very even growth and warm conditions in November resulted in an extremely quick flowering period; for most growers this occurred over just one week, auguring well for fruit set and yields.
The compressed growing season kept everyone on their toes as it seemed that no sooner had one vineyard task been completed than another was on top of us! The warmer than average conditions continued through December and January although a cooler February gave us a little respite and pushed harvest back a little.
The compressed nature of the season continued through to harvest which was a fast and furious one, especially compared to the moderate pace of 2017. Yields as anticipated were up due to increased berry size and thus bunch weights, although quality at this stage also looks impressive with the trademark Tassie acidity shining though. It is obviously still very early, but Chardonnay in particular looks like being a standout.