A dry summer and sunny September, characterised by blistering daytime temperatures and warm nights, have contributed to perfect ripening conditions. Parvills wine-making team predicts 2016 to be one of the most successful vintages ever for the estate.
Parvills Farm, Katherine Smith, comments: ‘The quality is expected to be quite exceptional this year. We are anticipating high yields and expect to double the amount of wine production from last year’s harvest.
Smith continues: ‘We expect the fruit to reach higher levels of natural sugar and achieve more intense flavours than in a normal year. Warm night time temperatures have caused the acidity levels in the grapes to drop faster, which is fantastic as getting the relatively high levels of berry acidity to drop before harvest can be a challenge in the cool UK climate.’
Parvills has started with the picking of the Solaris, a new variety for the estate. Developed for producing still wine in cool or cold climates, Solaris is a white grape which ripens in late September in the UK and produces an intensely flavoured, rounded and mellow white wine.