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2018 Dancing in the Moonlight
Life is a dance!!!
A dance between the sun and the moon.
They give to, and circle the earth.
The moon is the most important planet in our biodynamic practice and the sun gives us life … we honour the moon in the naming of this wine.
2018 Vintage Report
Growing season conditions:
During the growing season, traditional wet weather conditions prevailed through the winter months. Rainfall was close to 20% above 15 year average. 565mm, average 474mm.
Great spring conditions for the dry grown estate, good soil moisture reserves, followed by warm and dry conditions in November contributed to excellent conditions for flowering and fruit-set. This also contributed to healthy canopy growth and good shoot extension, leading into the summer months. 20% below average rainfall. 148mm, average 187mm.
The beginning of summer set the vines up well for the remainder of the season. Average temperatures through December and above average rainfall allowed for canopies to continue to function well, soil moisture reserves to be kept up and berry development to remain on track.
The remaining months of summer, January and February, leading into the 2018 vintage had temperatures which were below average, however this allowed for very effective photosynthesis within the canopies and consistent even ripening of the fruit. The vines were not impacted by any severe heat or moisture stress. Average daily maximums through January and February were 25 degrees, 1 to 2 degrees below average, and only 5 days above 30 degrees.
Healthy, balanced yields (average to above average) were experienced across all varieties which was helped by the late spring conditions. The moderate temperatures through the summer provided for excellent fruit composure, with great intensity of flavor.
Stand out varieties:
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon (exceptional), Malbec & Merlot. Excellent vintage for concentration, balance and perfume.
Bouquet: Lifted notes of raspberry, strawberry and currants.
Palate: Lush palate dominated by red fruits. Lovely notes red plum, wild strawberry and cranberry. Brilliant dry rosé for summer.
Cellar: Enjoy now.
Vineyard: Mangan and Cullen Vineyards.
Varieties: 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Malbec, 21% Petit Verdot and 9% Merlot.
Harvest: 23rd of February to 23rd of March 2018.