VIGNERONS and grape growers have swung into harvest – with early reports of a bumper crop and outstanding vintage.
The first batch of what will be more than 650 tonnes of grapes to be processed by Michelini Wines arrived at their Myrtleford plant last Thursday.
Two truckloads, 16 tonnes each of chardonnay grapes, were delivered after being harvested in the dark in the early hours of the morning.
In time more than 150 tonnes of chardonnay will be blended with 100 tonnes of pinot noir to creat a base for the exclusive Domaine Chandon champagne.
Winemaker Frederico Zagama said by the end of harvest they will have processed more than 650 tonnes of grapes.
“We have done the best pick we can imagine — the Boehme, Ph levels and acidity are all really good,” he said.