We move into the business-end of the year – the ripening season – after a strange growing season. There was tons and tons of rain early in the year.
June brought perfect, even flowering conditions. This, together with the earlier rain caused dense, lush foliage growth.
July made everyone think of 2003 – it was hotter than that year with record temperatures across the whole of Europe – already some were thinking that late August holidays could (again) be a mistake. It seems that the early season rain was very-much needed
August was cold and dark – double the normal amount of rain too. However advanced the vines had been in July, by the end of August we were back to the average – but only by mixing the highs and lows.
September is upon us and every year this makes the vintage – or not. It has started with clear skies and ‘okay’ temperatures (~25°C). Now is the time to watch closely!