10 May 2021

Celebrating the 20th harvest at Julicher Vineyard

In 2001, Wim Julicher – along with help from his builder – picked the first crop of grapes at the Julicher Vineyard here in Te Muna. Over the last few weeks, thanks to our talented team and some extra hands, we've been busy harvesting from this same vineyard. 20 years on, and the founding custodians would be proud of the incredible quality of fruit this vintage! Pictured below, we're hand harvesting our Pinot Noir, and yes, it tastes as good as it looks.

"2021 was a vintage of challenges for us at our Julicher Te Muna Vineyard: 18 frost events, a frost fan breakdown, and rain over flowering reduced our Pinot Noir crop back by more than 50%! Thankfully, all of our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling came in beautifully clean with stunning concentration and flavour. Now the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are tucked away in French oak barrels for the next 10 months about to embark on their malolactic journey." – Martin Bell, Winemaker.

Our first wines from the 2021 vintage will be released later this year. Until then, you can still enjoy some of our current releases.

Brad Butterworth emptying bucket of freshly picked Pinot Noir

Hand harvesting Pinot Noir

Lady rubs dog lying on the ground

Lady with shovel assessing Pinot Noir on the sorting table