Finally! The best time of the year for grape growers has arrived
End of Vintage!
The harvest of the wine grape crop for 2018 in the Frankland River Wine Region will be completed by the 20th of April. It has been a terrific year with little rain and a fabulous cool end to the season. The Frankland River Wine Makers and Grape Growers Association would like to sincerely thank all of the Shire of Cranbrook Community for their consideration and help with keeping the smoke at bay during the past 10 weeks. We are very grateful for your understanding and efforts towards helping us to get the best quality fruit we can.
If you require any further information on the harvest or the industry in general, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the wineries in our region. So now we will head out and do our rain dancing, and cross our fingers for some really good starting rains for the cropping season.
The Grape harvest is speeding along this year with no delay between the whites and the reds. The weather has been absolutely perfect and so no hold ups. There was panic in the air when the BOM told us to expect a visit from Cyclone Marcus this weekend, but thankfully he seems happy to just keep hanging off the coast near Broome.
The Malbec and Shiraz have been the early reds to come off with a bit of Shiraz still hanging out there. Next cab off the rank will be the Merlot and some other boutique varieties such as Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Cab Franc. The King of the wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon is usually one of the last to be harvested so we are still expecting it will be all squared away by the end of April.
Everyone is looking forward to firstly a good long sleep, and then to enjoy the fruits of our labour.
“Wine speaks to all the senses: the eyes behold the colour, tone, and shade; the nose, the bouquet, the fingers and lips caress the cool crystal; the ears delight in the subtle swishing of the liquid; the tongue rejoices in the reward of a rich harvest.” – Mary Lou Posch, wine lover.
Move over Margaret River!
It is now full steam ahead with the grape harvest for 2018 at the local vineyards in Frankland River, with the whites coming in first, followed by the reds in a few weeks’ time. It has been a spectacular season for wine grapes and the fruit looks fabulous. It has been a slightly early start to the vintage this year and as long as this weather holds out, it should be a fairly early finish. Expectations are for third week in April to have the final grapes in, but we will keep you posted via this publication, our face book page and web site, as well as the Shire face book.
Until the last grapes comes off, the fruit is particularly susceptible at this time to smoke taint. Please think about our harvest before you light up, and we hope that you will continue to exercise caution when you plan to do those pre seeding burns. We appreciate your consideration of our crop, and this vintage is shaping up to be one of the good ones. Maybe some more gold medals for the Frankland River Wine Region! If you require any further information on smoke taint or the harvest in general, please don’t hesitate to call Hunter on 08 9855 1544, Sandy on 08 9855 2229 or Helen on 0427 426 354.
Thanks again for your help.
The 2017 grape harvest plans to end by 8th May. Some vineyards may finish earlier than this date. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you have any queries.
The whites are nearly all completed and due to the good weather, the reds are progressing well. Our expected end of harvest date is still end of April. We will continue to update our facebook page and website throughout harvest.