"Arlewood's 2017 vintage will produce wines of finesse, purity & style"
- Stuart Pym
Stuart's long history with Garry and the Matilda Bay Brewing Company dates back to the 80's. When Stuart heard Garry was looking for a new consulting winemaker, it coincided with him leaving Stella Bella and moving to his own brand, Flowstone Wines. This meant he had the time to work with someone he knows, who has a passion for wine and is committed from vineyard up.
Stuart on Arlewood's latest vineyard project wine, 2014 Touriga:
"Nothing like adding a bit of spice to the mix and to remind us just how diverse the world of wine is".
Stuart admits he is in the middle of 'Dry July', when that's over he is focused on Spanish reds and Champagne. When he's not at the Karridale winery he can be found walking his Irish Wolfhounds or amongst his Forest Grove vineyard.
The 2017 vintage in Margaret River is becoming an exercise in patience. Some unwelcome rain and coolish weather in March has tested us. Fortunately our decision earlier this year to open up the vine canopies (you may remember our posts of using our Wiltshire sheep to munch away the lower canopy leaves to expose the fruit zone on the vines) has been a blessing. The open canopies has meant good air flow and sunshine into the fruit zone and much reduced disease risk. We managed to get all the whites – Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon – all off the vines and into the winery with minimum issue and good flavours. Phew! Now we'll remain patient as the reds get riper. The weather forecast for the next few weeks is magic…..sunshine, moderate day temperatures, and cool nights. Perfect for an extended ripening period. We are in no rush and we'll let nature do its thing.