The 2016 harvest in Australia came on a whole lot quicker than most people expected - a warm summer, with only intermittent rain, pushed ripeness levels forwards quickly in many regions. Multiple grape varieties and sites seemed to ready to pick all at once! Space within the winery became an issue, as fruit suddenly came flooding in.
Cobaw Ridge in Macedon were one such producer affected by this - having Chardonnay and Shiraz and Pinot Noir nearly simultaneously caused some logistical issues, but fruit quality was uniformly very good.
Below we share some photos from their harvest - thanks to Alan and Nelly Cooper for sharing some of their story with us, as well as their wines.
Always was going to be tricky when the two batches of grapes shown above were perfectly ripe within 10 days of each other!
Before there were amphora, there were Georgian-made qvevri....clay vessels for fermentation and storage of wine. The Cooper's took delivery of theirs in time for #v16
Alan and Nelly Cooper live on the land where the grapes for Cobaw Ridge grow, and tend the vines by hand. The wines are then made and stored on-site.