2018/19 summer has been a hot one! In fact January 2019 was one of the hottest on record, with the temperature record being broken with a staggering 48.6 degrees in the Barossa! With little to no rain over summer, and a below average spring rainfall berry sizes are small, and overall volume is down as vines are struggling through the heat just like we are!
What does this mean for the wine? Smaller berries mean we will get less juice out of our fruit than average years but the overall quality will be higher with more intense fruit characters and darker wines.
We are in the middle of processing our whites, with all the Pinot Gris off, and the remainder of the Riesling coming off this week. Reds have started with our Barossa Valley Shiraz coming in, as well as Cabernet Franc and parcels of Merlot.
It will be interesting to see the final outcome but all signs are looking positive for some good looking fruit, just unfortunately not much of it.