2011 harvest

2011 harvest:  too hot for some but English producers welcome the Indian summer…

Unpredictable weather during the growing season culminating in a dry and hot harvest is challenging wine producers in some regions – see my first report on the 2011 harvest for Spain and Portugal on www.decanter.com/news

But in much of southern England, with temperatures reaching almost 30˚C in recent days, the fine weather bodes well for quality.

Harvest started at Ridgeview Estate for its sparkling wines a week earlier than usual on September 24th. Winemaker Mike Roberts said: “This weather has certainly come at the right time. We are picking our Pinot Noir today but we’ll wait for about one more week for the Chardonnay as we maximise this welcome sunshine.”

He added: “The crop is looking incredibly clean with smaller berries than usual which have really intense flavours and are tasting beautiful.”

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