We had a very dry spring leading up to vintage 2016 and it was windy, too. We expect windy conditions in Willunga, but this was pretty intense. October and December were both pretty warm, whereas November was mild. Very healthy crops were recorded across all varieties in McLaren Vale. We had a huge downpour at the end of January a few days before the whites were due to be picked; this kind of weather event tends to give Joch a sense of tightening around the left chest area, neck and sometimes down the arm. However this 50mm downpour succeeded in refreshing the vines, giving us a few more days before picking and bringing the lawns back from the brink. February was mild with cool nights and March provided pretty good picking conditions, give or take a few warm days.
Gypsy is made using our home grown organic Chardonnay, which is picked early to get some lovely fresh green apple characters and pressed off skins for cool fermentation in stainless steel. Like a well-bred English girl of yesteryear, Gypsy is sent off to finishing school in the Barossa (not Switzerland in this case) to find her fizz, before coming home to be presented to polite society for all to see and admire in her gorgeous packaging.
‘Gypsy’ is a classic Blanc de Blancs style, with a pale straw colour (with a hint of green apple), fine mousse and gentle characters of citrus. A splendid wine for celebration, Gypsy is also a versatile wine, try with oysters or anything else that takes your fancy. Serve chilled.
|Picking Date||1st and 5th February 2016|