Historic Harvest of First Crop of Shiraz Grapes at Hatten Vineyard in North Bali
On Friday, November 2, 2018, Hatten Wines held a fun-filled harvest party at their vineyard in Seririt, Gerokgak, North Bali.
Live music and a BBQ set the stage for a tasting “among the vines” of some of Hatten’s most cherished past vintages and the chance to be on hand for the first-ever harvest of Syrah Grapes anywhere in Indonesia.
Several year in the growing and nurturing in the seaside vineyard facing the Bali Sea, the transplanted cuttings came from Australia.
The Syrah or Shiraz grape is a lush, dark-skinned grape that is, in fact, a hybrid of two lesser-known grapes originating in southeastern France: Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche.
The grapes picked on November 2nd will result in a limited bottling of perhaps 2,000 bottles available starting in late 2019. The pickings in Bali was promising and all look forward to tasting to see how the adaptive Syrah grape embraces Bali’s tropical terroir. Wherever it is grown, Syrah grapes render full-bodied wine with soft tannin. Look for a fruit-filled experience with hints of dry leather, licorice and anise.
Hopefully, someone will have the discipline and restraint to lay aside a few bottles of this new wine in order to explore its aging potential.
Syrah is the world’s 7th most grown wine grape planted in Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Part of a bold initiative to expand the varietals grown in Indonesia, the harvest part marks an important benchmark in the 25 year history of Hatten Wines.