We are pleased to report another highly successful harvest with the last fruit arriving at the winery on Thursday 29th October. The quality of the fruit this year has been excellent and 2015 produced yields in line with expectations giving us the second largest harvest we have received. It follows on from a wonderful 2014.
An outstanding flowering period in June was followed by a cooler than average August. Conditions subsequently improved with the unseasonably warm, dry and sunny conditions of late September and October. With low disease pressure, good ripeness levels, excellent balance of acidity and the development of intense flavours, the winemaking team have the ideal fruit from which they can create more world-class wines of increasing complexity and value.
Commenting on the harvest, CEO Frazer Thompson said, “We are delighted with both the quality and quantity of the fruit we have to work with from this year’s harvest. It’s been another outstanding year and we’re excited about the potential of the wines we can create from this vintage. It follows a record breaking 2014 harvest and will really help Chapel Down continue to surprise and delight its customers and keep the development and momentum moving forward. These are exciting times for English wines and Chapel Down in particular.”
Read our Vineyard Blog Archive on the 2015 vintage from our viticulturalist.