The 2015 Strathbogie Ranges grape harvest has raced to an early start according to winemaker Sam Plunkett.
Last Friday, Mr Plunkett, who runs Wine by Sam at the Elgo Estate, received his first delivery of the 2015 harvest, Verdelho grapes from Snow Barlow and Winsome McCaughey’s Baddaginnie Run vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges wine region.
Traditionally grown on the island of Madeira, Verdelho grapes are naturally high in acid.
“The cool thing about verdelho as a table wine is that it’s crunchy fresh and zippy,” Mr Plunkett said.
“With the hot weather about to blast through, we’ve deliberately picked before the heat to retain acidity and freshness.”
Mr Plunkett said these grapes – and further deliveries from another vineyard expected later that day – were arriving between one week to ten days earlier than expected, something he attributed to this year’s weather.