Nigel: Central Otago not affected by bad weather as Marlborough was in early March. Picked 2 weeks ahead of neighbours. Looking for earliest possible point and picking as quickly as possible. Seed tannins do not ripen. Ratio of skins to seed tannin crucial.
Nigel: Blocks have extra three months in barrel. Following a visit by Pierre Vincent (Domaine de la Vougeraie) we may change our winemaking procedure a bit. As vines get older getting more tannin and structure, more infusion in future rather than punching down. Pierre never punches down Musigny. Need to build up enough of a history before experimenting. Now ready to try a few tweaks.