2014 Vintage Report By Robert Ellis- Chief Winemaker
Whilst most wineries across Australia have packed up their presses and crushers and puts their reds to bed in barrel for the year, here at Hanging Rock we are still in the throughs of vintage. In fact it is only today, 23rd April that I can write this report with any confidence, as we only picked the last of the Pinot Noir here at our Jim Jim vineyard today.
So it is with a great sigh of relief that I can tell you all about the 2014 vintage. For a lot of people in Victoria this harvest started off with a frost that hit right around budburst, which meant reduced crops right across the state. Whilst this means we have had a small vintage over all, luckily, here on our Jim Jim vineyard we are so far behind the rest of the state in vine progression that it didn’t hit us.
In fact I am very pleased to say that thanks to a lot of hard work by the vineyard crew our Jim Jim vineyard has never looked better. For the first time in a number of years we made some Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris.. although mum is very partial to the Gewurz and we only have ½ an acre, so if you want some I would get in early before we drink it all ourselves. My favourite grapes this year is the Pinot. We have 4 clones here, all of which have their own structure, taste and tannin profiles. It makes for a wonderfully complex sparkling and table wine.
In Heathcote we were not as lucky as we were in Macedon. Little to no rain on our dry grown vineyard, meant that we picked a measly 2 tonne off 20 acres. Luckily the fruit we did get was amazing and we have had a lot of fun using winemaking techniques that just aren’t possible with larger parcels.
One of the best parts of vintage this year was our crew. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that out of 9 staff members, 5 of them are qualified winemakers. It means that a lot of love and attention has gone into every step of the process and it shows in the resulting wines.