2015 Vintage: Hugh's Wrap Up

Date Posted:21 March 2015 

My calendar always has a block out on the period from mid-February until the end of March and often into April because, from a grape activity viewpoint, this is where the rubber hits the road. But not in 2015. We started our vintage on the 12th of February and all our grapes were picked by the 1st of March. It was 18 days from go to whoa, the earliest vintage in McLaren Vale on record– so the rubber wasn’t on the road for long. Amazing.

The unanswered question is why? Was it global warming, drought, heat or what? My guess is it may have had something to do with the exceptionally dry mid to late winter and spring. It could not have been the heat because we had a mild summer. We were lucky to receive 35mm of rain in early January which probably saved a lot of the fruit.

Overall the yields were down about 30% which, looking at it with my rosy spectacles, is not too bad. It could have been a lot worse. What about quality? It’s a little too early to make the call because we still have some wines going through the final stages of fermentation, but the colours look rich and the juice tastes good. We did a lot of small batch picks and ferments so there is much work to be done. I’ll report on this once we have done a comprehensive post vintage tasting. 

Hugh Hamilton

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