Central Otago Vintage 2014
followed a season of contrasts. Spring came after a wet and warm winter, lots of growth, early and rapid. Winter never really leaves Central Otago and it came back in October with a series of frosts and cold weather, if your frost fighting was up to scratch then a good late spring in November rewarded you with calm and settled weather. December continued this pattern, flowering was even and excellent which in turn meant crops were set to deliver should summer and autumn allow good ripening conditions.
January saw more hotter and calmer weather, classic central scorchers, February then slowed down the whole process with a cool month which thankfully delayed ripening allowing some hang time. This helped delay an increasingly early looking harvest to late March , pretty much our average picking dates. Crucially this delay gave some weight and drive to wines that were otherwise looking more fruit highlighted than power driven.