“Good things come to those who wait”. Nearly everything about the 2018 vintage happened more slowly than usual and we will be rewarded with wines showing a perfect mix of power and elegance.
Although we had to wait until July for rains to arrive, the 2017 calendar year rainfall was a once- in-a-30- year event. The long-term weather pattern of two above average rainfall years being followed by a relatively dry year, was seemingly broken, as although we were expecting dryer conditions, we received 120mm above average rainfall, with a total of 599 mm.
Beautiful spring conditions saw healthy canopies of leaf cover across the vineyard enabling the vines to handle the hot summer with 20 days of above 35C across January and February.
After Budburst in late September and veraision coming a month late in some cases, the extended ripening period was perfect. Harvest returned to the dates of early 2000’s with the bulk of our premium Shiraz coming off the vine in the week of the 12th March and the remainder of varietals were able to be spread over an 8-week period.
The extended harvest period provided our winemaking team with a smorgasbord of wine styles and whilst Shiraz will be a star – with vibrant colour and powerful fruit – we are very excited to see what will result from the blending options across the range.