All the seasons seemed to be accelerated this past year. The fruit that we grew and the wines that are resting in barrel bear the stamp of an early and warm harvest, ripe and inviting. Winter rainfall occurred primarily in February, which brought over eleven inches in just one month. The soil and air temperature warmed early in March causing Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to leaf out within days of each other. Canopies were lush and verdant, aided by ample sunshine and moist soils. Flowering too was early with small clusters being the norm across varietals. Indeed, this was one of the smallest crops in Spottswoode’s memory. Significant summer heat in early September set the conditions for harvest to begin and end within twelve days. Our harvest crew was incredible, working Herculean hours and remaining cheerful throughout. The resulting wines are all put to barrel, completing their fermentations and settling down.
—Rosemary Cakebread, Winemaker