The late Indian Summer has given us the perfect weather for harvest. Ridgeview founder and winemaker Mike Roberts provides his thoughts for the vintage 2011 :
"Spring was early this year which bought forward bud burst. The Chardonnay benefitted from an early start, however the Pinots had a later budburst therefore more difficulties with rain at the end of flowering. The result of a disturbed flowering period was a natural green harvest with somewhat reduced yields but this has concentrated the flavours.
Our first grapes were ready for pressing on September 24th, around 7 days ahead of normal. The crop is looking incredibly clean with smaller berries than usual which have really intense flavours and are tasting beautiful. The resulting yields will be lower per acre which is not so much of an issue for Ridgeview as new plantings will assist in making up for differences.
The quality of 2011 will be of extremely high, wines to watch out for when they hit the market in a few years time – a vintage sure to be treasured".
Simon Larder, 24/5/11 10:37