THE 2015 vintage has been declared "nulli secundus" (second to none) by Canberra winemaker Ken Helm. The riesling specialist is over the moon with the quality from this year's harvest. "All vineyards produced excellent, near perfect fruit," he says. The year also produced the biggest grape crush in the company's 40-year history - 40 tonnes. "December was wet and warm providing perfect foliage growth," reports Helm. "January was cool and wet but then dry and warm right up to a very early harvest in late February, early March." Up until the 2015 vintage, Helm had regarded the 2013 his best yet. Not any more. Helm's winemaker and daughter Stephanie and her husband, Helm Wines vineyard manager Ben Osbourne, are spreading their wings within the Canberra wine region, having recently purchased Yass Valley Wines, a neighbor to Clonakilla.
Their first releases are due later this year.
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