Vintage 2021 is just around the corner here in the Barossa. The region received good Winter and Spring rainfalls last year so there is cause for some excitement within the regions winemakers and grape growers.
While it is still very early days we are seeing veraison begin within some of our Shiraz vineyards on the Barossa Valley floor. This is a great time to be out and about in the vineyards as the little green berries start to swell and change colour.
It is heartening to see some great fruit set on our centenarian vine Mataro after lower yields for the last few vintages. This vineyard is entirely dry grown on sandy soils, so is reliant upon good spring rain to ensure a good crop each year. We can’t wait to see what it looks like in a few months time when it makes its way to the winery.
In the higher Eden Valley the grapes are tracking along a few weeks behind the warmer Barossa Valley. Again we are hoping for some better yields this year after several vintages of lower volumes as Shiraz from the cooler vineyards of the region are an important element in our style.