Read this season's previous harvest updates: And It Begins.
Margaret River's vintage thus far has been hard and fast. That may be obvious since this is my first update since the beginning of February! Along with a busy work schedule and trying to acclimate to night shift, I've also been dealing with a broken computer so I hope my absence can be excused.
We have been swimming in white grape juice here at Vasse Felix for the past several weeks, and now have just a couple remaining lots of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc set to arrive. That means this week is providing some much needed time to catch up on work and relax a bit as we wait for red varietals to mature.
Besides swimming in juice, we've been rolling in barrels too. Vasse Felix ferments nearly all of their Chardonnay in new or 1-2 year old French oak; they also ferment a few batches of Sauvignon Blanc in barrel as well, which means there's been several hundred barrels to fill over the past few weeks. As ferments are finishing, we're starting to stir and top; basically, we may not be receiving anymore whites, but there is still plenty of work to be done!