Barossa Valley – 2015 vintage wrapup »
What can we expect from Barossa wines of 2015?
The 2015 Barossa harvest period got off to a good start, with growers experiencing 4-6 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!
Barossa Valley and Eden Valley whites (the main varieties being riesling, pinot gris, semillon and chardonnay) produced good yields, and some of the best quality grapes that winemakers have seen for years.
There has been significant demand for Barossa shiraz grapes 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 2014 frosts, largely in Ebenezer).
Overall, the Barossa wine grape yield should be 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 the 2015 Barossa vintage 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”.
Now to wait until these wines start to appear in bottles, which will be later this year for the whiles and up to 2 years for most of the reds.
- Barossa Valley (SA)
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