Vintage 2015 in the Barossa and Eden Valleys (SA)

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Harvest at Charles Melton Winery, Barossa Valley

Harvest at Charles Melton Winery, Barossa Valley [©South Australian Tourism Commission]

Barossa Shiraz - Robert Hill Smith and Louisa Rose
Grape Picking at dusk during the Barossa Vintage Festival at Grant Burge Wines, Barossa Valley
Vineyards in the Barossa Valley
Barossa Shiraz by Thomas Girgensohn

 

This report from the Barossa Grape & Winegrowers as of 13 March 2015.

The 2015 Barossa harvest period got off to a good start, with growers experiencing 4 - 6.25 cm (1.5 to 2.5") of rain in early January which set the vines up nicely for the ripening period.  The majority of canopies held up through the warm days of February, with some extra irrigation going on to get the vines through the heat.  No heatwave conditions this year, which was a relief!

Winemakers are telling us Barossa Valley and Eden Valley whites (the main varieties being riesling, pinot gris, semillon and chardonnay) have come off with good yields, and some of the best quality they’ve seen for years. 

There has been significant demand for Barossa shiraz in 2015, as yields for this variety have been low the past two years.

The shiraz yield has been strong (apart from those vineyards unfortunately hit by the October frosts, largely in Ebenezer).  Overall, the Barossa shiraz intake has been higher this year than in 2013 and 2014, which is very good news for both Barossa growers and wineries! 

Winemakers are telling us the quality of 2015 Barossa shiraz is outstanding. 

At the Barossa 2015 Declaration of Vintage on 15 Feb, Baron and winemaker Louisa Rose said Barossa reds (the main varieties being shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, merlot and mourvedre) were showing “strong colours and rich flavours”. 

Eden Valley shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and grenache are still yet to be picked.

 

Report provided by Barossa Grape & Winegrower Association

 

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  • Barossa (including Eden Valley) (SA)

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