2016 VINTAGE REPORT
2016 has surprised a lot of people in the Barossa, producing above average yields and quality fruit, putting a smile on local’s faces around the valley.
This vintage has come as a surprise after the long, hot growing season that we experienced this year. Fortunately, we were able to secure access to additional irrigation water, and supplement the lack of rainfall with drip irrigation.
We experienced some very timely rainfall this season, with 40mm of rain falling over the end of January and beginning of February, giving the vines a much needed drink, and adding extra weight to the berries.
The weather during the harvest period remained kind, with only a few days over 35 degrees late in February affecting the vines. All in all, the weather remained quite mild, until early March, when the humidity levels started to rise. We had a further 25mm of rain on the 10th of March, which put a hold on my last Mataro pick, but also gave the rest of the vines a much needed drink after they were harvested.
The standout varieties from the vintage have been the Riesling, Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. The whites are now ready for bottling, and the rosés will be ready in May. I am impressed with the quality of the red wines, but it is early days, and I will have a better idea of the quality once the wines are all through malolactic fermentation. All of the red wines are now in barrel, undergoing maturation in our barrel shed at Whistler.
Look forward to sharing the hard work and effort with you once the wines are ready for release.
Grape Grower & Winemaker