30 Aug New reds from contrasting vintages
2019 was a relatively small vintage compared with 2016 and 2017. The quality however was great; and yields were down. It was an unusually dry winter causing us to commence irrigating the vines pre-budburst.
The berries and the bunch sizes were smaller than average but the aromatics and flavours in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are fantastic and the reds are all looking extremely promising.
In contrast, our 2016 Angullong Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of the best years in the 21-year history of our vineyard.
It started well as the soil moisture was near perfect after good winter rainfall. The season was true to the region, with warm days and cool nights during the ripening period. It allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms rather than be dictated by weather conditions.
The 2017 Shiraz is from a vintage that was unusually cool, following our wettest winter on record in 2016. After a few bogged tractors it did eventually dry out, with the grapes ripening a bit later than normal resulting in lovely varietal flavours across all the varieties.
This snapshop of three vintages highlights the vicissitudes of farming. “From too much rain to drought conditions the management of the vineyard is an ever-changing arena; it’s all part of the challenge of winegrowing.”