Grapes ripen in unusual order (NZ)
Haphazard ripening has been a dominant feature of this year’s vintage at Allan Scott Wines in Marlborough. Allan Scott Wines winemaker Bruce Abbott was surprised to find the pinot and chardonnay grapes on its vineyards were the last varieties to ripen. “It’s usually the other way around, but it’s just been all over the place this year,” he said. Mr Abbott attributed the unusual ripening pattern to bad weather in December and for much of summer, followed by a run of good weather after Easter, reports The Press.