“After a hot and dry January (understatement of the century), we saw a return to milder conditions for the first three weeks of February. Cool nights have helped Barossa white grapes and we predict to see an excellent Margaret Semillon as a result. A spike in temperature at the end of February brought ripeness and picking times forward, particularly for Shiraz and with whites complete we have turned our attention to reds. With smaller yields this year, fruit looks to be solid and consistent in quality. Our growers are working tirelessly to ensure any vine stress is kept at a minimum and canopies remain healthy.
From a winemaking perspective, Nigel is overseeing all operations whilst gearing up for the red grape intake. Brett and Brooke are working on white juices and ferments, whilst Tony and I are spending time in vineyards assessing quality and ripeness. All aspects of the winery and vineyard operations are being closely monitored by legendary winemaker Peter Scholz, with his shadow often darkening the hallways around break time each morning!”
– Tim Dolan, Senior Winemaker