2018 harvest started on the 2nd August with Irsai Olivér variety. This variety was only harvested from Etyek-Buda region. Due to extreme warm and dry weather we harvested all Irsai grapes within 6 days. Most tipical charecteristic of this season was its length; it was a very-very long season with a well balanced rain supply and moderate temperatures until August. This long and finally warm season has resulted in huge bunches and a record quantity of yield.
We harvested the Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes for sparkling wine in the second half of August. Remembering well the extreme fast ripening of 2017 we handled timing of harvest carefully and flexibly. Tipically we had to slow down picking and delay important harvests like Sauvignon until optimal stage. We harvested the Pinot grigio and Rosé at the end of August. Second half of Rosé picking was postponed by 7 days. During the ripening of Pinot we could observe the heterogenous colour and ripening stage of bunches which was most tipical issue of this vintage. It was worth selecting bunches in the vineyard and stop for week and waiting for better ripeness.
This year’s best quality grape was defenately Chardonnay, it was a great vintage for this variety picked during second half of September in Vál. Especially the old Vines perfomed great complexity and ripeness.
During 2018 harvest our on site technical research field was fermentation technology and colour development of Pinot noir variety; especially stability of colour and structure of aroma compounds.