The 2009 vintage

(C) 2009 Corinne McGowanIn the vineyard, we share our harvests with nature.  So every year is different.

For the white grapes, this has been the year of the Chenin Blanc: offering us an exuberant, perfect harvest. For the first time in some years, David will be making a Chenin wine, to be released mid-year.

Over recent years, Treeton has made alternate vintages of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. At the request of our customers, we plan this year to release both a Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend.

Treeton’s white grapes were harvested on the weekend of March 14, with the help of family and friends. Under David’s close and constant supervision, all grapes were processed and the juice pumped into tanks by the Sunday evening.

2009 has been a fantastic year for our Shiraz .  Before harvest, vines in the Valley, Home and Park Blocks were hung with luscious black bunches. With medals for the 2007 and the 2008 vintage developing beautifully under oak, it is hard to remember when a more perfect crop has come off the Estate. 

The Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was disappointing light but the grape flavours are superb.  We expect a smaller than usual release that will sell out quickly.

The red grapes were harvested on the last day of March. After a cool, dry morning, we were delighted to be driving the last bins out of the vineyards as a light misty rain began to fall.

We look forward to sharing the 2009 harvest with you as our wines are released.

John Simmonds