Winemaker Scott Shirley: Upcoming Harvest
The 2014 harvest, with recent weeks of prolonged heat and the third successive year of drought, will be an early one. Small clusters and tiny berries are accumulating sugar quickly; picking will probably commence within a week. I look forward to visiting vineyard blocks which I haven’t seen in a year, walking rows and tasting fruit characteristic of each distinct site. I am reminded of how the block performed in previous years and consider the possibilities for the current vintage. There are also new additions to the family! Just as there are new friendships made at each Gala, we have new vineyard plantings which will be coming into production. Our vineyards off Adelaida Road are now in their third leaf and will produce a crop for the first time. Last week, I tasted several Merlot blocks (likely the first red grapes to come in) and am impressed with the concentration of flavors already apparent on these young vines. The 2012’s are showing beautifully in the glass right now, and I know the power contained in those barrels of ’13 will prove impressive, but the promise of the future for Justin wines is my real reason for smiling!