2013 Harvest Wrap-Up
From Derek Wilber, Swedish Hill Winemaker
It’s an accurate adage that August and September make the vintage. This year it was true again with our 2013 crop. The season started off cool and rainy in May and June, which is always a concern for fruit set and keeping fungal diseases at bay. It quickly became apparent that the possibility for a bountiful crop was out there after the fruit set, but concerns about insufficient sunshine coupled with cool days would make it a challenge for the crop to ripen. In the vineyard extra time was spent thinning the crop and managing the canopy to expose the fruit to the sun (when it was there). Then starting in late July and following right through to mid October, the rain stopped, the sun came out and things started to progress. The result was one of the largest crops recorded in New York with all grape types being both bountiful and, thankfully, ripe.
Our new Blue Waters vineyard came into full production at the beginning of September and we are very excited about the four Pinot Noir clones that will offer great blending opportunities for our varietal Pinot Noir that will be bottled next year. The aromatic whites, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Grigio in particular are showing great character now that fermentation is done.
When a season starts off cool our biggest concern is whether the late season Bordeaux reds (Cab franc, Cab Sauv & Merlot) will have enough heat and time to achieve ripeness. Although 2013 doesn’t appear to have the depth and complexity that 2012 is exhibiting in barrels, it does seem to be better that average. Time will tell.
Lastly, the season is not completely finished in that we still have one acre of Vidal Blanc hanging for ice wine. With luck we will get it before the new year.
To see our 2013 Harvest Photo Gallery, Click Here…