Bouchard Finlayson’s 2017 vintage
Apart from the severe downpour received at the end of January, prior to harvest, ripening conditions had been very good, with dry and cool weather prevailing. Uneven budding, especially on the Pinot Noir vineyards, necessitated strict discipline during green harvest. Cool conditions, especially at night, continued into February, with no excessive heat experienced. Harvest commenced a few days early, compared to the long term average, with all vineyards yielding a lighter crop. As a result, the fruit from all 10 grape varieties grown on the Estate, including the late-ripening Kaaimansgat Chardonnay grapes, were picked within 32 days – a very compact harvest indeed!
Chris Albrecht, Winemaker