With vintage kicking off in a mere few weeks, we checked in with the team at Kooyong to see what they've been up to over the past couple of months.
"September was cold and wet and the predicted La Niña did not fully eventuate. The cold weather continued throughout October and November and the soils remained cool for longer than usual, resulting in a flowering period which was almost twice as long as usual. At present our vines are approximately eight days behind usual phenology.
"We managed our vineyards employing a mixture of undervine cultivation and mowing and used a plant-based organic certified herbicide. Disease pressure was quite high. We employed only organic certified pesticides. While the season presented us with challenges the diligence and hard work of the viticultural team ensured the health of our vineyards. Our knowledge of organic viticulture continues to evolve and will provide a strong foundation for future years.
"We continue to produce our estate made compost and our fungal compost tea. Our efforts remain focused on nutrition and vine health and resilience."