Picking for 2010 will commence next week. Our picking isn’t necessarily a long exercise, but although it will occur just ahead of last year in terms of timing, the fantastic season means that ripeness is well ahead. We have been able to be patient and wait, ignoring the odd shower last night, for example, because the skins are in great condition. The pips and stalks are there, acids about right (not too high or too low), and flavours as good as I have tasted.
Now the dry weather and cooler nights mean that the vines are convinced it is autumn and sugar production is tailing off. The outlook for the next week is still fine, but this time next week we should have all but our cabernet fermenting away. It won’t be far behind.
Still crossing fingers, touching wood, and pretending I am completely relaxed.