Choosing the right time to harvest.
As with everything we do on the estate, our aim is to achieve the perfect balance between elegance and complexity in the flavor profile.
With both our Chardonnay and Shiraz, we are looking for flavor which is biased towards elegance rather than high sugar content. An indication of full ripeness for us is when the seeds are a rich brown colour.
Specifically with the Shiraz, we also look for a very ripe plumy flavor with hints of wild berries and a silky, almost velvety texture to the thick skins.
Fortunately, because of the way we have raised and looked after our vines, the fruit never suffers from acidic or bitter flavors. Another benefit of our biodynamic practices is that the fruit ripens evenly, as each vine is in tune with its neighbor and environment.