Hanging Out for the Vermentino

Looking good but taking its time

9.59am, Wednesday 16th February, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, The Barossa
Tony B here with just a quick note as we pass an anniversary of sorts. Last year on 15 February we picked the last of our Vermentino from the Riverland. This year we haven’t even started.

Winemaker Sam “The Sideburns” Wigan and viti man Ashley Ratcliff headed up to Renmark a few days ago to check out the Vermentino on the Reichsteins’ block. Sam says it looks really good, with big healthy bunches (just look at that photo; good indeed) and a balanced canopy and starting to get some really nice flavours.

And yet, in this cool summer, we’re still probably two weeks away from
picking. They also had a look at some Barossa Vermentino, which is about a
week and a half behind the Renmark fruit in regards to ripeness. Sam likes
to pick when the Vermentino is around 11.5 to 12.5 Baume. (That’s how we
measure sugar levels in grapes; other countries use other scales, likes
Brix in the USA.) Right now it’s sitting at about 8.5. A few warm, sunny
days in a row, though, and the ripeness should come pretty quickly, Sam
says.

So despite the late season this year, Sam is happy because the vines are looking healthy and the grapes have lots of flavour.

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