Following a wetter than average winter and spring with below average summer temperatures, Barossa’s 2017 harvest was three to four weeks later than in recent years. As the season progressed, later ripening varieties like Mataro and Grenache were tracking 4 to 5 weeks later. The mild conditions and healthy soil moisture levels were pertinent for flavour development and conducive to ‘filling’ out the berries resulting in higher than average yields.
Another strong year for Barossa, the 2017 vintage promises to deliver an array of wine styles, from “bright, aromatic wines”, through to “vibrant, intense, well-structured” and “dense, concentrated” wines from the earlier-picked vineyards.
60% Grenache, 40% Mataro with each variety vinified separately. This process is to ensure each wine component is picked, vinified and matured using techniques tailored to the specific grape variety. The two vineyards, Gnadenfrei Grenache (15% whole bunch) and Stonewell Mataro were blended 10 days before bottling.