Updated: May 7, 2020
After another stunning hot dry summer the grapes have ripened to perfection. This is our 16th vintage and grape picking this year has commenced at least two weeks earlier than in any previous year. We have picked the majority of our white grapes. Our Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are all currently bubbling away fermenting. Tomorrow we will be picking our Albarinho grapes which are in perfect condition, along with some Vermentino from Murray and Christine Townsend's Chinook Vineyard.
Our organic Pinotage, the first of the reds, is also bubbling away in the vat, three weeks earlier than any other year!
This seasons weather since September has produced the perfect weather for grape growing, with all the compounds in the grapes at the correct balance, and a hot dry summer creates ripe fruit with high sugar content, measured in brix, and all this in turn will produce wine with intense ripe flavours.
The next step is the wine making. Currently the grapes are fermenting in our winery under John's watchful eye. Early rises and late night punch downs of the Pinotage is reminiscent of having a new born baby in the house, but its with with love and care that produces the superb characteristic wines that Ake Ake Vineyard is well known for.
The 2019 vintage was another fantastic year for grape growing which produced some of the best wines yet. Our current Reserve Pinotge 2019 and Preservative Free Organic Chambourcin 2019 flying off the shelves in our Cellar Door. The 2020 vintage has surpassed the 2019 by just being that much hotter and drier. I am really looking forward to sampling the wines as they are released over the coming year.
Cheers for the 2020 Vintage!