Harvest Report 2015
November 14, 2015
The 2015 season started off mild with very little snowfall in the higher elevations which created the possibility for a drought season. Spring arrived all at once, and life came back to the vineyard in a rapid pace that offered the most growing degree days for the Okanagan Valley in such a short period of time. The buds swelled early which put pressure on us to monitor for cutworms and early frost. The season kept going without any speed bumps, and many in the industry were already calling it a “vintage year”. In the vineyard, we saw green practices being executed with the addition of pomice material and compost being used as soil amendments, as well as new plantings of Chardonnay and Viognier. Above average temperatures throughout mid-spring and summer months, allowed the vines to flourish throughout the growing season. Long hot sunny days provided ample opportunity for increased photosynthesis and Brix accumulation. 2015 set a new record at Blasted Church for earliest harvest, with our sparkling grapes coming off first. Most of the grapes were analytically ready, but were still developing their flavour characteristics so we began to play a game with mother nature to see if the Brix/TA/pH would still rise as the flavours began to develop. Even with the above challenges, the vineyard team brought in clean, flavourful fruit for our winemaking team to create a wonderful vintage.