Vintage Report 2006
We have never seen such an early vintage as this before, all the grapes had been picked and it was still the middle of April, normally we would only have just started. The fruit looked fantastic and all the figures (flavours, acid and sugars) were as close to perfect, just what we were looking for. If I had to pick, I would say Pinot and the Cabernet are the stand outs in the reds even though it’s early days! The Sauvignon Blanc is also looking very smart and is much on the same lines as the 2005 vintage, this should be available sometime in early September 2006. I haven’t mentioned the Chardonnay, it is probably the fruitiest I’ve seen at Cannibal Creek and I’m looking forward to tracking it’s progress over the year.
What has characterized this vintage is how early it has been and the consistently warm weather has been great for ripening. We also saw a very healthy canopy due to good soil moisture levels, because of careful management and the good climatic conditions, resulting in great balance in the fruit and low pH’s. Perfect!
Vintage Rating 8/10