Perfect conditions to harvest grapes

HARVEST BEGINS: Senior winemaker Joel Tilbrook inspecting a sparkling variety in the old cellar at the Milawa Winery. PHOTO: Marc Bongers

A WARM start to the grape growing season and “perfect conditions” have set the scene for the first harvest at Brown Brothers’ Milawa vineyard.

The renowned Australian company began harvest of its sparking varieties this week and indications so far are for an impressive taste for wine connoisseurs once bottled.

Winery manager Joel Tilbrook has been observing good natural acidities in the fruit with flavors that have been “excellent”.

Long lasting intense heat usually present in summer hasn’t come this year, different to the heatwaves of 2013-14 when the mercury hit 40 degrees Celsius some 14 times.

He said some 90mm of rain in January was a challenge for the vignerons with spraying, but most of the rain fell early enough to not cause damage.

The rains transformed the canopies to an ideal health status and the vines have had enough moisture, so Mr Tilbrook would be happy that no more rain arrived during harvest.

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