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HARVEST

Hurley Vineyard Pinot Noir is harvested by hand by the Friends of Hurley Vineyard – our mailing list. The selection of the harvest day is all-important. The fruit must be picked at optimum ripeness. This requires careful planning, as well as considerable patience and cooperation from the Friends.

Once the day is selected, harvest begins close to first light in the cool of the morning. The fruit is triaged on the vine and picked into shallow picking trays of about 10 kg capacity. This is done to minimise the risk of the fruit being damaged during harvest and to ensure it can be cooled down with the berries intact.

The picking trays are then loaded into a refrigerated shipping container (a ‘reefer’) for cooling down overnight to about 10°C.

After the fruit is got in, the Friends have a traditional harvest lunch in the winery, cooked by Tricia and her kitchen helpers.