It’s that time of year again when the Barossa starts to kick into gear for yet another vintage. The grapes have been ripening for about a month already and at one point in time it looked like the start of the grape harvest was going to be 2-3 weeks ahead of an average start date. Growers and winemakers (myself included!) getting all excited and speculating how early it could be, bring on 2 weeks of very cool weather and mother nature has put us back in our place yet again.
After the alarm clock rang early this morning (4am) we got our vintage underway, with our first pick of the white wine grape variety Semillon, some lovely looking fruit from a 25 year old vineyard my folks planted back in the late 70’s. This signified our first crack at making a white wine and the start of our vintage 2012, and to rev ourselves up for the coming 2-3 months of harvesting grapes, here is a quick list of 5 reasons we are excited about the upcoming harvest/vintage.
To wrap this post up the next 3-6 weeks will be extremely important for the quality of wines produced, mostly based around what mother nature is feeling like and the weather she throws our way, will determine what level the wines you will be drinking in a year or two’s time from the 2012 Vintage!
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What you're drinking when you buy an "Estate" wine.
So you may spot the phrase “Estate Grown” or “Estate made” or “Estate Grown and made” in a winery’s marketing or even on the wine label itself and ask yourself…. What does it all mean?