And what a roller coaster ride it has been. First, the late frosts in spring wiped out our potential crop in O’Connell. Then, the unrelenting heat followed with the months of December, January and the first part of February hardly ever getting below a high of 30 degrees. Lastly, the wet humid conditions came in to finish the season.
In my opinion, the effect of this ‘ride’ on the vintage at the Mt Panorama Estates vineyard has been surprisingly positive. The hot and dry conditions in the middle of summer helped to keep the berry size small and fruit flavours intense. We harvested the whites at Mount Panorama Estate in the middle of February, before most of the rain came. The Shiraz was harvested about three weeks later and the Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on 14 April. What a spread to the vintage! In the end, I have about 15 tonnes of good to exceptional fruit. I am very excited about the Shiraz….great colour and flavours.
Now, as I always say, the rest of up to the winemaking to bring out the positive flavours and characteristics of the vintage.