2017 Vineyard Harvest
As agreed to at the 2016 AGM, Southern Highlands Wines are going to undertake a harvest of the Nangarin Vineyard this season. This is at NO ADDITIONAL COST to the residents. The harvest has been sub contracted to SHW who will make all commercial decisions regarding the processing, marketing and distribution of the wine. As many of you would know, the Chardonnay market has been stagnant for many years and this will be the first Nangarin harvest since 2006 when it was last undertaken by Bradcorp and processed by Vicarys winery (now closed due to the Badgers creek airport). Whilst the vineyard has produced up to one hundred ton previously, SHW are only expecting to harvest about twenty five ton from the main vineyard this year.
This is a long term proposal to test the market and evaluate the future potential of the wine. Whilst the agreement will see a 5% net profit returned to Nangarin, it is recognised this may not be realised for several years whilst the wine market is explored. Residents will be provided a further update at the 2017 AGM.
The harvesting is scheduled for the week commencing 20 February 2017, so it is likely you will see increased activity through the vineyard. The exact time/days for the harvest will be determined by the weather and the result of final testing of the grapes to determine the sugar and acid levels. For these reasons it is not possible to say exactly when the harvest will occur, however your understanding of the increased activity is appreciated.
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