This is the earliest harvest we have ever seen at Anderson Hill. 2015 was middle of March and we thought that was early.
Extremely warm weather early in the summer pushed the fruit into early ripeness. The flavours are great and we are optimistic that the 2016 vintage will be a good one.
We hand-picked most of the fruit this year - taking about six days to complete picking, using 25-40 pickers each day.
This kept Ben very busy on the tractor collecting full bins of fruit and circling around the vineyard to drop off bins ready to be loaded onto the semi at the end of the day.Our grapes first headed to the cool room to chill right through before heading to the winery to be crushed. The machine harvester came in briefly for one night before moving to a nearby block.Living with each other during harvest is like walking on glass ( broken glass) !! Coordinating trucks, pickers, wineries, delivery times, bookings, trucks, pickers, trucks, tractors, pickers, forklifts, etc., etc. etc. is very stressful and it all must run like clockwork.Finally harvest 2016 is complete and we can breathe again..... now it's time to catch up on all the other jobs!!