Vintage 2017 has been characterised by a significant shift in weather patterns mid way through the growing season. Winter experienced high levels of rainfall and these continued into Spring, in combination with high winds. This resulted in relatively poor flowering and subsequent reduced yields across most varieties. However, Summer was cool and dry, and provided excellent growing conditions. This has continued into the harvest months of March and April, with dry weather and slightly above average temperatures.
Vintage commenced in the second week of March, with sparkling base wines showing good flavours and fine acidity. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit for still wines matured more rapidly than typical due to the 30% reduced yield. The fruit therefore reached flavour maturity at lower sugar levels than typical, and allowed for a slightly earlier harvest for table wines. Early reports indicate this reduced yield was not limited to Josef Chromy Wines, and yields look to be down approximately 30 to 40% regionally.
At this early stage we are very happy with the quality of the Pinot Noirs in barrel, and these appear to be the early stand out wines from the 2017 vintage. There is a great intensity of red berry fruit characteristics, driving acidity and a deeper colour profile than in previous vintages. The Chardonnays have vibrant acidity, and are receiving regular barrel stirring to build texture and weight on the palate. The citrus fruit flavours are prominent and combined with the tight structure, should hold the wines in good stead over the following 12 months in barrel.
The first of the 2017 releases are due before Christmas - we look forward to hearing your thoughts!
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