Black Estate Season & Vineyard Reports

2019 Season & Vineyard Report

Black Estate Vineyard - North Canterbury | Netherwood Vineyard 3

Early spring rainfall and moderate temperatures meant vines grew evenly though out our vineyards from around the spring equinox in late September. Nigh time temperatures remained above zero preventing frost damage for the third spring in a row. Rapid vegetative growth kept our vineyard team busy with shoot thinning, cultivation, and organic spray rounds with short intervals. Cool wet weather through flowering at the end of November effected flowering and fruit set. By the summer solstice in late December it was clear that yields would be low and bunch and berry size would be small. Warm dry conditions in January and February slowed vegetative growth and ripened fruit. Settled conditions in March allowed an early start to harvest where hand harvested fruit was ripe and clean with low disease pressure and optimal ripeness. While yields were very low quality across all varieties was exceptional.