Vintage Report 2004
Bumper vintage right across Eastern Australia, Cannibal Creek included with tremendous quality fruit across the board. Flowering was uninterrupted with settled weather conditions, this resulted in great fruit set and followed by a mild and dry summer the fruit was looking great. We crop thinned in early summer to ensure cropping levels were not to high and fruit quality was maintained. One of the characteristics of this vintage was the berry size and weights which where very high, particularly in the pinot noir. We have trialed extended maceration this year and a couple of new yeasts.
All the wines are looking good so far and I’ve got a feeling this may be the best yet for the chardonnay. Sauvignon blanc is also coming along nicely and will ready for release early summer. There was agreat combination of ripe fruit characters from the front of the block mixed with green and herbaoues characters from the back of the block. This is what we are looking for in a sauvignon blanc , both the ripe and full bodied mouthfeel coupled with the citrus and lively characters on the nose. The merlot and cabernet sauvignon are looking superb after achieving full ripeness. They should be something to look forward to!