With the dust settling on Vintage 2018, it's time to give an update on what went down. Lots of preparation in the shed before the harvest meant little time for fishing. With only a couple of days snuck on the river for the whole season(!!!). A disaster fishing wise, but preparation is key, and the winery came up trumps, thanks to all the hard yakka by Papa Trutta and I.
2018 was the biggest harvest so far for the Trutta, with the foot well and truly on the gas throughout. A fantastic growing season in Central Victoria had fruit looking awesome coming to the end of summer, then a streak of very hot days had our trigger fingers itching. The fruit stayed in great shape, and at long last the first fruit, Viognier from Southern Heathcote, came into the winery.
Marsanne from the Harcourt Valley was next, and after a big night at Boomers, the fruit was pressed off. A huge thanks to Tim and Pat at Boomtown in Castlemaine. Two bloody legends doing fantastic things in Central Vic.
Rose from Southern Heathcote loomed on the horizon. Helpers from all over the globe were scoured. The pick day was fantastic, with many turning out to help pick, and international rose guru-gal Maddy arriving just in time to oversee production. We nailed the pick, awesome flavour and great acid. My hat goes off to Sandra for such a well tended vineyard. A mammoth day on the press saw awesome juice go to barrel and stainless for ferment.
Finally, Harcourt North Shiraz was picked. Many wonderful helpers made this a very enjoyable day, my hat goes off to you all. In the winery the Shiraz was fermented in six different parcels, with differing amounts of carbonic maceration, whole bunch, and skin contact. Thank you of course to Carolen, and Bernie, for your incredible site.
With everything barreled down now, the wines are looking fantastic. We are so happy here at Trutta HQ, and SO excited to see these wines develop over the year.
A huge thank you to all those who came and helped pick, press and plunge.