A mild and warm winter in 2014 resulted in a very early bud-break exposing sensitive young shoots to wild early spring conditions. The result was a significant reduction in yields across all varieties particularly Chardonnay which was hampered by wet and windy conditions at flowering.
The warm and dry summer that followed with plentiful sunshine and no significant heatwaves set us on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties. We experienced our earliest Chardonnay harvest on record with our Burnside, Hazel's and Calgardup Brook vineyards picked and fermenting a full two days earlier this year than our previous start date. While the whites were harvested early a significant rain event mid-February delayed ripening of red varieties however due to low yields the rewards were full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines.
It was a challenging season that saw bushfire smoke, a record number of hungry birds, low yields and significant rain events make for an edge of your seat ride that has produced stunning wines across all varieties albeit on a much reduced volume!
Winemaker Trent Carroll