2015 was celebrated as a landmark vintage for the Crittenden family as it will saw the return of winemaking operations to the family farm after a 10 year hiatus. This year saw the construction of a brand new, purpose built winery back at the home vineyard where it all began over 30 years ago.
Rollo and Garry took this opportunity to compliment their existing winery equipment with some exciting additions to ensure continued improvement in wine quality well into the future. The use of Conveyor Belts and gravity instead of abrasive Augers and Must Pumps, as well as oak fermenters instead of stainless steel, are some of the many improvements introduced and ensure the delicate tannin profile of all our Pinots are maintained. Additionally, the facility’s large cool-room is perfect for retaining aromatics in Chardonnay ferments, while the ability to divide the barrel store into three separate sections will ensure ideal maturation conditions can be maintained year round.
While keeping in touch with advances in equipment is important, as Garry frequently suggests, some winemaking traditions should always remain. Hence all red wine ferments will still be plunged by hand (and in many instances by foot!) as has been done in the great houses of Burgundy for hundreds of years. It is hopefully this perfect combination of a modern and well equipped winery, with a firm understanding of the age old art of winemaking, that will undoubtedly see continued improvement for all of our wines.