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Christie Mavety
 
October 29, 2015 | Christie Mavety

Harvest 2015!

There was a lot of talk about the weather in 2015! Record breaking snowfalls in January gave way to an early spring here in the Okanagan, with bud break occurring around April 7, which is roughly two weeks ahead of a normal year according to our winemaker Matt Mavety. 

Flowering of the vines continued the two week advance trend, followed by a warmer than average growing season that pushed the start of harvest up the calendar by about 3 weeks. This year we started the harvest on August 13, 2015, picking Pinot Noir for sparkling wine. To give this some context, we would normally start harvesting the same grape around September 5-7. 

Cooler weather at the end of August and early September was actually a blessing, and allowed for good maturity and preservation of acidity, and hence the minerality of the wines. The generally hot weather through spring and early summer did create some challenges for our cool climate varietals; however, we were able to select the best harvest dates to preserve the freshness of the fruit and manage the alcohol level in the wines. 

With the 2015 vintage in the barrel, so to speak, the pace at the vineyard has slowed back to normal as we maintain and prepare the vineyard for winter...and maybe find some time to start waxing our skis!

Cheers from the Okanagan!

The Mavety Family

 

Harvest begins!

 

Gamay Noir cluster about to be harvested.

 

Our favourite crew from Mexico back with us for another harvest. These guys are like family now!

 

Chardonnay ready for the press. 

 

Vineyard Manager Ernst working the tractor.

 

As the evenings come, there are always plenty of grapes to be processed.

 

 

It's like grape bin Tetris sometimes as we shuffle everything around the vineyard during harvest.

 

End of a day in the vineyard and the tractor is put to rest.

 

Chef Chris VanHooydonk joined us for our 2015 Harvest Celebration Dinner.

 

Our wonderful guests for this year's Harvest Celebration Dinner.

 

Pinot Noir grapes waiting to be destemmed and pressed while the 2014 vintage looks on from the barrels.

 

Winemaker Matt working the destemmer. 

 

Jean-Marie putting the Pinot Noir into the tank. 

 

Elodie joins us from France for this harvest. 

 

There is no job too small during harvest! Ian Mavety helps with the bins while Matt "supervises."

 

Photos by Chris Stenberg

Time Posted: Oct 29, 2015 at 8:26 AM
Chantelle Bruwer
 
September 23, 2019 | Chantelle Bruwer

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir Program Overview

Over the last 10 years we have made changes in our viticulture and cellar management practices striving to produce high quality wines that reflect the site in which the grapes are grown. 2019 marks 48 years of farming on our estate and 28 years of making wine. We are excited to share with you the future of the Pinot Noir being made at Blue Mountain.  Continue »

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