For veteran winemakers like Gordon Russell, who conceded he had seen “a few seasons now”, it was what was in the air which was currently working away at the 2019 Hawke’s Bay wine vintage.
Russell, who is chairman of the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers Association, said at this point of the vintage emergence, heat and humidity were having the main say.
Those factors had, effectively, created a lot of work as they encouraged upper vine canopy growth so leaf trimming and plucking was to the fore.
“It means a lot of extra work but at this stage it is all looking good,” Russell said, before adding (with a smile) some vintage advice.
Photo: Mission Estate’s Steve Wheeler said the latest vintage was looking good at this stage but early autumn will set the scene better. Photo / Warren Buckland
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Posted: 18 January 2019