Andrew Watson from Woodlands explained that "Today marks the last day of Chardonnay for Woodlands Vintage 2012. Crops appear to be similar to last year - Woodlands was just under 7 tonnes per hectare, whilst the region generally has been returning around the 10 tonnes per hectare. This increased crop may explain the lower sugar levels this vintage - most wineries have been reported picking fruit at 12.5% maximum, rather than higher levels being easily reached in other vintages. Natural acidity looks ideal, and there was no disease reported either - it looks to be another classic Chardonnay vintage for Margaret River.
Our Chloe was picked yesterday - one half crushed and the other whole bunch pressed. Disaster was averted when the forklift broke down with one press loaded to go - many thanks to the boys at Mako forklift servicing!
Once the juice settles it's time to think about yeast - with all the yeast around (wild, cultured and otherwise) a mystery message appeared on our whiteboard yesterday."