Excitement bubbles over for 2024 Méthode Marlborough harvest

by | Mar 27, 2024 | News

In a world where everything moves at breakneck speed, Méthode Traditionnelle stands as a testament to patience and craftsmanship. Crafting luxurious wines demands time, and for Méthode Marlborough, time is a cherished ally in the pursuit of excellence.

As a provenance grower-led society dedicated to the art of traditional sparkling wine production, Méthode Marlborough meticulously adheres to the time-honoured process of secondary fermentation in the bottle, followed by the intricate riddling and disgorging process, the same process through which Champagne is made. Each step is a labour of love, ensuring that nothing is rushed in the pursuit of perfection.

Amidst the sun-drenched beauty of Marlborough’s summer, the stage was set for an extraordinary vintage in 2024.

This year, the Méthode harvest arrived earlier than usual, with handpicking commencing on many vineyards as early as mid-February. “The 2024 growing year promises to be exceptional, particularly for Méthode Marlborough varietals,” enthuses Stewart Maclennan, Senior Winemaker at Saint Clair. “We may have even broken records for the earliest pick in Marlborough this year.”

With minimal disease pressure and optimal growing conditions, the 2024 harvest is poised to yield wines of unparalleled quality, boasting vibrant fruit flavours and impeccable balance. “Our dry-farmed ‘Maybern Vineyard’ in Koromiko, sheltered from the wind and blessed with steep slopes, has witnessed early and even ripening, thanks to ample sun exposure in this dry season,” shares Edel Everling of Johanneshof Cellars, reflecting the excitement rippling through the region’s viticulture and winemaking teams.

For Mel Skinner, Chair of Méthode Marlborough and owner of Esses Estate, the 2024 season marks a culmination of tireless dedication and passionate advocacy. “After weathering storms and floods in previous years, the 2024 vintage fills us with boundless enthusiasm,” says Skinner.

“Vintage aside, Méthode Marlborough has had an extremely busy year hosting Oz Clarke OBE, Emma Jenkins MW, Gerhard Eichelmann and working closely with Wine Marlborough, flying the flag of the exceptional quality of Méthode produced in our province,” she says.

Embracing a commitment to education, Méthode Marlborough has led the charge in sharing their expertise through enlightening masterclasses for aspiring winemakers and consumers alike. “Our team’s passion for sparkling wine knows no bounds, and we’re thrilled to impart that enthusiasm through educational initiatives,” Skinner affirms.

As anticipation reaches a crescendo, Stewart Maclennan issues a tantalizing invitation: “Mark your calendars now for the release of the 2024 Méthode wines in 2026. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out!”

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