Vidal 2018 Vintage Report

The 2017 to 2018 season was one of the warmest on record and a frost-free spring lead to good yields and a healthy start for the vines. Rainfall near harvest meant harvest began early but good flavor ripeness and balanced acidity was achieved – strong foundations promising some great wines ahead.

Vidal 2015 Vintage Report

At Vidal Estate the climatic conditions of 2015 and yields, combined with our vineyards and “knowhow” have created wines of quality. It’s too early to make ultimate judgment calls but at these early stages of the wine’s development the foundations look truly promising for great wines ahead.

Vidal 2014 Vintage Report

The 2014 season has left an indelible print on our wines. The maturing vineyards and attention to detail on the land and within the winery completes the framework. These wines will age gracefully over time and continue our path in the pursuit of wine quality.

Vidal 2013 Vintage Report

2013 will be remembered as one of the greatest vintages of all time, particularly in Hawkes Bay. A truly memorable summer, one of driest and warmest on record, was flanked by cooler spring and autumn seasons with the latter leading to slow gradual ripening, accumulation of flavour and importantly the preservation of natural acidity. These factors all contributed freshness, balance and elegance in the resulting wines.

Vidal 2012 Vintage Report

Despite early season weather pressure in Hawkes Bay, sunny weather towards the end of the season allowed us to harvest high quality fruit. Further south in Marlborough where drier conditions prevailed rarely have we seen such intensity of flavour in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in particular.

Vidal 2011 Vintage Report

Never before have we seen such good flavour development and ripeness at relatively low brix levels in the grapes. Attaining good flavour at lower sugar levels has produced wines with lower than normal alcohols, wines that show balance, restraint and real drinkability. The wines without doubt show elegance and offer interest without shouting.

Vidal 2010 Vintage Report

The 2010 vintage at Vidal has produced some beautiful wines. Unsettled weather early in the season has resulted in poor flowering, however, ideal ripening and harvest conditions allowed grapes to be picked on flavour and acid balance rather than condition.

Vidal 2009 Vintage Report

The 2009 vintage in Hawkes Bay is being heralded by wine commentators as one of the greatest vintages in 22 years.

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