English wine harvest in full swing
The harvest is well underway in English vineyards with producers reporting healthy yields, high sugars and balanced acidity in the grapes. Bob Lindo at Camel Valley says his early-ripening varieties, such as early Pinot, Reichensteiner and Rondo, are fantastic this year and Peter Dart at Stanlake Park Wine Estate is reporting similar yields to 2006 which is double that of his 2008. Three Choirs in Gloucetershire began harvesting on 21st September with the quality in the early varieties very good. Sugars are extremely high, acids well balanced and yields healthy.