Vintage Report 2020
A season like no other, 2020 will be remembered for many reasons. A season in which we have had our hottest December days ever, our warmest nights since 2012 and our driest December since 2008. In fact, the total Summer rainfall was barely 13mm. However despite these conditions being thought of as less than ideal, we could not be happier with the overall quality of the wines from the vintage, when all this occurred in tandem with the absence of our two nemeses, bushfires and birds! We did though experience a low yielding crop.
One aspect we did expect in light of the conditions, was an early harvest, kicking off in January. Chardonnay was loaded with an abundance of hen and chicken and the realisation of lower yields, meaning earlier ripening. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon soon followed and it was obvious at this point that whites were looking great. With stocks of our current Rosé running very low, the new vintage will get the fast train to bottling in May, look out for it as we think the wine is showing great aroma and texture.
With the last of the reds (Grenache) harvested on the 7th April, the quality has been pleasing with wines showing purity of fruit, bright and fresh flavours and deep, dark colours. There is a feeling amongst the team that the wines show great promise which we hope will be realised as we mature them in oak over the next 12 to 18 months.
The winemaking team are really pleased with the resultant wines, however with lots of bigger issues at play in the industry and country at the moment, we hope all of our members and partners in the retail industry stays well and safe.