There is a quiet air of confidence around the quality of the 2023 wines. Yields were average or slightly below, which is always a trigger for increased quality.
We had more Growing Degree Days than ’20, ’21 and ’22, but also more rainfall in the earlier part of the season than the past three years. Vine growth and ripening was delayed by almost two weeks, and it was the latest start date in almost a decade. The majority of Sauvignon was harvested in April which hasn’t happened in many moons. With the extra time on the vine and clear skies through harvest, fruit was clean, brilliantly ripe with lush flavours and Marlborough acidity to match.