Vintage Notes 2015

The harsh winter of 2013/2014 left its mark on the vineyard going into 2015 with overall production estimates down about 30%, due mainly to bud mortality but also some vine mortality.  The 2015 vintage started with a very wet June that caused nitrogen release from the soil to be inhibited; a good thing as it helped reduce overall vine size.  Mother nature then blessed us with a very dry summer and autumn; perfect weather for the maturation of our crop with normal to moderate disease pressure.  By harvest, all of our grape varieties were ripening to our high expectations and we finished the season with about 170 tons of very good quality fruit– about 23% below normal.  Wet conditions in late October and warm temperatures through Thanksgiving caused most of our ice wine crop to be destroyed – leaving us waiting for 2016 to hopefully be able to produce another award-winning ice wine.

 

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