2018 is shaping up as a great year for local vignerons, if the weather from here to picking time in March and April, stays favourable.
But the humid conditions of late, which you could cut with a knife lately, according to master winemaker from Leongatha South, Phillip Jones, are forcing them to keep a close watch on their vines at what is a critical time in their development, the veraison of the grapes, when they ripen and change colour.
Humidity is often the culprit of diseases caused by mould and mildew but on the other hand, the right amount of humidity at the right time can produce wonderful results if it is followed by extended periods of sunny, dry weather.
And that’s where we are now, but Mr Jones is ever-hopeful of good conditions through to vintage from here.
In fact it’s the combination of wet, cold, humid, hot, dry conditions in South Gippsland that are part of the secret of Phillip Jones’ success.
“It is shaping up as similar to some of our best years but we’ve still got a long way to go.”
Bass Phillip Wines have continued to attract critical acclaim at the top of the scale in Australia as his pinots continue to be named among the very best in the country but he is also producing some great results with his other styles and varieties.
Bass Phillip is named after George Bass and Arthur Phillip, pioneering figures in Australian history, rather than being a reference to his own name.
Humid but hopeful for local winemakers