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Windowrie Estate Jason O'Dea and Anthony D'Onise
Windowrie cellar door, Cowra, NSW


The last grapes from Windowrie’s Canowindra vineyards was harvested right at the end of March and a sense of calm has spread though the winery

As Windowrie founder, David O’Dea, said, “every vintage has its challenges, it’s how you deal with these challenges that counts".

The season was dry and warm which resulted in Windowrie’s harvest being around 30 percent below average.

Windowrie vigneron, Jason O’Dea, commented, ‘’it was an interesting season with the vines having a very slow start in spring. This was followed by the warmest January on record. Our January yield estimates during verasion showed that bunch weights were going to be down by 20-30%."

"As the white varieties ripened, flavour development was building at lower baumes. The grapes were subsequently picked earlier than usual, as we wanted to lock in the fresh varietal flavours while retaining natural acidity."

"This has proved to be the right move with the wines safe in the winery rather than still on the vine, as some growers had issues with sunburn in the region."

"I am very pleased with the whites given the warm January and am extremely excited about our 2019 Preservative Free Chardonnay which will be bottled in a matter of weeks," said winemaker Anthony D’Onise.

"With the red varieties, shiraz was definitely the hero, with our organic vineyards producing very balanced, ripe berries."

"We have some beautiful examples of shiraz in the winery. The smaller berries have produced wines of intense flavour and colour. This has ensured that we have range of exciting barrels of shiraz which will make the blending of our 2019 wines a joy."



  • Cowra (NSW)

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