The 2017 vintage in Margaret River is becoming an exercise in patience. Some unwelcome rain and coolish weather in March has tested us. Fortunately our decision earlier this year to open up the vine canopies (you may remember our posts of using our Wiltshire sheep to munch away the lower canopy leaves to expose the fruit zone on the vines) has been a blessing. The open canopies has meant good air flow and sunshine into the fruit zone and much reduced disease risk. We managed to get all the whites – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon – all off the vines and into the winery with minimum issue and good flavours. Phew! Now we'll remain patient as the reds get riper. The weather forecast for the next few weeks is magic…..sunshine, moderate day temperatures, and cool nights. Perfect for an extended ripening period. We are in no rush and we'll let nature do its thing.