Vintage 2017 is over, and what a late one it was—our latest ever at Montara. We started picking Pinot on March 24 and finished with Cabernet on May 5. Reminds me of 2002 and 2004, which were also late.
Our vineyard rebounded from last summer’s onslaught to produce an above average yield. We never had any heat waves this year, so our leaves were protected and able to last well into early May. The later rain events did a lot of good to the vines and are part of our success. Other regions experienced too much rain…we had it perfect.
The coolness we experienced has produced beautiful and powerful flavoured wines—the colours and quality are outstanding! We’re very excited about the Chardonnay and Riesling…the Pinot Noir and Shiraz look great, too. Our Cabernet Sauvingon is also in the category…the ferments are currently progressing and we couldn’t be happier with their varietal flavour expression.
We're quite optimistic about the quality of this year’s vintage and look forward to what blossoms from it in the coming months/years.