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2017 Vintage Highest on record!

The 2017 Vintage was RECORD BREAKING!!

The tonnage (quantity) was up 40% on the 2016 vintage.

Picking commenced on Friday 10th March, four weeks later than 12th Feb last year.

With a baume’ reading of 14.3 the fruit achieved our consistent A grade quality.

2016/17 Vintage Report

The McLaren Vale Wine region has been significantly wetter this vintage than previous years, with rainfall recorded well above the average. Spring 2016 had record falls. There has been only one summer season in the last ten years, that has comparable rainfall leading up to vintage. January 2007 received 64.2mm, and this year 2017 Р80mm.

February only had a few days of heat this year, and the cooler weather and high crop load meant many vineyards […]

Spring in the vineyard

The 2018 vintage is underway, with bud burst commencing around September 8th this year. Monitoring the vineyard happens on a daily basis during morning walks with Max through the vineyard. Checking for pests and disease, monitoring bud health, and overall new growth as the vines emerge from winter dormancy into Spring, helps with timing of seasonal practices such as baiting for snails and prophylactic spraying for pests.