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VINTAGE 2019 ~ A Winemaker’s Musings
What a year. Across our full 80 hectares we have had an exceptional vintage all round. With yields across the rest of the country being significantly reduced due to the heat, it reminds us how important winter rainfall and a quality source of underground water is.
The season had a fantastic start, with generous Winter rainfall regenerating the aquifer and ensuring adequate subsoil moisture coming into Spring. If you split South Australia into two regions, North and South, we had vastly different seasons.
The rainfall continued to be on-average throughout Spring which was unlike the majority of the State. Fortunately, this allowed for great canopy growth and healthy bunch numbers, but the cooler November weather delayed flowering and caused some varied fruit-set in both Shiraz and Cabernet. The total yields were slightly below the long term average.
The early canopy growth was essential for the vines to remain resilient to the spike of heat in January, and subsequent dry months. The typical cool Coonawarra nights kept rolling in and gave much needed relief to the vines and allowed for steady flavour and sugar development . We saw a late start to the season putting us two weeks behind our normal picking dates and our final block being picked in late April. The extended growing season allowed for great flavour development and a long, slow ripening period.
The whites are looking fantastic, with great natural acidity and complex flavours. Riesling being the stand out. Shiraz is bright and fruity with great colour intensity. Cabernet shows great varietal characters and bold, ripe tannin complexity. Overall, we had a fantastic season with the dry, but cooler weather allowing picking decisions to be made perfectly and slow flavour development adding to the complexity of the wines.
Luke Tocaciu - Winemaker & Owner