Harvest 2020 Video Diary

Harvest 2020 Video Diary

As New Zealand climbs down lockdown levels, it’s a great time to reflect on what has been an unusual harvest. I use the word ‘unusual’ because, although Covid-19 has thrown a few serious challenges our way, the harvest itself has given us universally exceptional grapes, one of the best seasons in terms of fruit quality since we planted our first vines in 1999. 

The key to it, of course, is that the Central Otago weather gods smiled on us. After a warm but mixed summer that seemed to deliver rain when we needed it, autumn was more stable and allowed us to pick each block when it was ready rather than when we were forced to. As a result, the fruit on the vine was spectacular and in terms of the farming, grape-growing side of winemaking, we couldn’t ask for much more.

Considering the isolation factor of Level 4 lockdown, I’ve been pretty happy to chat to the smartphone about the harvest and, now that we’re all done and the wine is heading to barrel, it’s a great time to share the video diary of the Prophet’s Rock 2020 vintage.

 

Part 1
7/4/20 – The Challenge

We’re in the middle of vintage and have started picking.Although there are challenges, we also consider ourselves very lucky.

 

Part 2
10/4/20 – Serious Lockdown Measures

High up on the Prophet’s Rock Home Vineyard in the Bendigo subregion of Central Otago, I’m overlooking a small block of Clone 777 Pinot Noir. This block is responsible for the Cuvée Aux Antipodes Pinot Noir which is the collaboration I have with François Millet, winemaker from Chambolle-Musigny.

 

Part 3
13/4/20 – The Cold Snap 

Picked François’s Pinot Noir just before a dramatic weather change…

 

Part 4
14/4/20 – Don’t Cross The Line

Here we’re plunging the floating cap of Pinot Noir skins back into the fermenting wine. It’s important not to extract too much and take the wine away from being an expression of the land. 

 

Part 5
14/4/20 – Winter Rolling In 

No chilling, no sulphur, just put the fruit in a tank and it’s a balmy 8 degrees.

 

Part 6
16/4/20 – One More Day of Sunshine Required 

We’ve had a couple of snowy days and now we just need one more day of sunshine for the Home Vineyard. Picking Rocky Point today amongst the stunning colours of autumn. 

 

Part 7
17/4/20 – Home Vineyard Picking Day 

Home Vineyard ready to go!

 

Part 8
19/4/20 – More Snow But… 

First Pinot Noir into barrel. Good news.

 

Part 9
22/4/20 – Riesling Good to go:

Schist rock, steep slope, picking tomorrow.

 

Part 10
25/4/20 – Home Stretch

We’re picking the highest block of the Home Vineyard (400m), Abel Clone Pinot Noir. Then calling it a wrap for picking.

 

Part 11
26/4/20 – Last Day of Harvest

Usually all picked at the end of autumn and that’s certainly what it feels like.

Luckily it’s a short-haul to the winery…

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Instagram post 17965700494323998 A huge thank you to everyone who supported the “Central Bunch” wine packs over lockdown. 
Working together with 
@quartzreefwines 
@valliwine 
@akitu_wine 
@burncottagevineyard and 
@akaruawines we raised $3920.40 for the @otagocommunityhospice and we couldn’t have done it without you, our fantastic wine loving community. 
Cheers to you🍷
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#prophetsrock #quartzreef #burncottagevineyard #akaruawines #valli #akitu #thecentralbunch #likethebradybunch #butwithwine #pinotnoir #centralotago #nzwine #workingtogether #supportinglocal #supportinglocalbusiness
Instagram post 18153142654056338 Great to have Paul in Auckland for a few days. We had a fantastic evening @jervois_rd showcasing our wines alongside their delicious food. Thanks to everyone who came along, it was lovely to see you all🍷
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#prophetsrock #r#dryriesling #pinotgris #pinotnoir #infusion #vindepaille #notoriousvdp #centralotago #nzwine #jervoisroadwinebar #winemakerdinner #hernebay #auckland #aucklandeats #winedinner #wine
Instagram post 17891839753570339 A fantastic night @lafuentenz last night. Thanks for having us Edmundo and thank you to everyone who came to taste our wines🍷
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#prophetsrock #wines #pinotgris #pinotnoir #chardonnay #cuveeauxantipodes #cuvéeauxantipodesblanc #winetasting #lafuente #wineandmezcalbar #winebar #auckland #aucklandeats #greatnightout #wine #winelovers
Instagram post 17895736135554891 Paul is coming to Auckland! Pop in and see us next Tuesday from 5.30pm to 8.30pm @lafuentenz for a few wines🍷
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#prophetsrock #paul #iscomingto #auckland #lafuente #snickellane #aucklandcity #aucklandeats #winetasting #meetthemaker #pinotgris #pinotnoir #chardonnay #cuveeauxantipodes #cuvéeauxantipodesblanc
Instagram post 17883644779637194 Our Prophet’s Rock Infusion is the perfect match to the delicious dishes @theponiroomakl available by the glass at their pour your own wine stations.
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#prophetsrock #infusion #pinotnoir #chilled #bendigo #centralotago #wine #nzwine #theponiroomakl #commercialbay #auckland #aucklandeats #restaurant
Instagram post 17856744677067007 Thank you @provinumvinhandel for the great clip! 
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These two wonderful people share their passion for Central Otago. A 20 minute interview with inspiring @paulpujol by the fantastic @madsmw. If you have any preconceptions about New Zealand-Pinot Noir it’s time to let them go. 360 bottles of Home Vineyard will be launched at Systembolaget tomorrow. Don’t be late! .
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#centralotago #pinotnoir #prophetsrock #bendigo #nzwine #paulpujol #winemaker #masterofwine #interview
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