Well, 2016 has certainly started with plenty of action – the most challenging being the recent Elgin wildfire.
(photo: David Morris)
A small fire started in the east of Elgin on an apple farm before spreading quickly to the natural vegetation on the mountain slopes behind the farms and raging southwards. Despite valiant attempts by fire-fighters and farmers it quickly got out of control spreading southwards and ravaged thousands of hectares of vegetation in our beautiful Elgin Valley. Due to the truly heroic efforts of the firefighters, farmers and farm workers, I am immensely relieved to report that no lives were lost nor homes destroyed and that everyone is safe. I am also fortunate that none of the vineyards that I take fruit from were affected.
This is certainly great news especially in light of the recognition that Elgin’s cool climate wines are beginning to achieve. The quality of Elgin Chardonnay merited a mention in Jessica Green’s Wall Street Journal article recently.
My 2013 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay has now sold out, but I am delighted that Roland Peens of Wine Cellar selected my 2014 Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay in his Top Wines of 2015 – and you’ll be pleased to know I still have stock of this wine!
I have been busy checking vineyards, bottling and labelling wines and generally making space in the cellar in readiness for the 2016 harvest, which will start in a couple of weeks, earlier than usual due to the hot, dry summer here.
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Regards, and wishing you all a prosperous (and calm) 2016,