Early Start Early Finish / Vintage 2014 – Hunter Valley

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4am – The alarm finally goes off. I wake up instantly because I’ve not really been sleeping. I’ve been drifting in and out of consciousness with faint coloured images of red, white, and green shuffling through my mind for the last five hours, because it doesn’t truly trust my alarm to sound at the correct hour for such an early and important occasion. And besides, this is exciting.

Andrew Margan was quoted in the Newcastle Herald describing Vintage 2014 in the Hunter Valley, saying, “we’ve had perfect weather conditions and the forecast says there won’t be any significant rainfall until February, which is good news for us”. On January 7th, Vintage 2014 officially started, with many wineries around the Hunter beginning to pick chardonnay, to start making their sparkling wines. A week later and it’s the rest of the Hunter’s turn, as Vintage 2014 swings into full gear.

6am – I drive…

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