Barossa Valley – 2015 vintage wrapup »

What can we expect from Barossa wines of 2015?

Media release
Subscribe to
Vintage 2015 in the Barossa Valley

Vintage 2015 in the Barossa Valley

Vintage 2015 in the Barossa Valley
Vintage 2015 in the Barossa Valley
Vintage 2015 in the Barossa Valley
Vintage in the Barossa Valley


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)

Our Recommendations

To see our recommendations, ratings and reviews you must be a logged-in subscriber.

To subscribe please enter your email address in the "Subscribe Now - it's Free" box on the right and click the "Join" button, or fill in this form >

April 24th, 2015
Subscribe today - it's free
Subscribe Button

Subscribe now - for news and reviews, our newsletter (optional), to join our forums, and more.

Enter your email address and click the Subscribe button. We respect your privacy.

Log in

Enter your username...

Enter your password...

Log In Button

Forgotten your password?


Kerry's corner - your free benefits


Mornington Peninsula (Vic): Peninsula Summer Music Festival - 1-10 Jan 2020

Jancis Robinson

This summer, the Mornington Peninsula will once again be filled with the sounds of world-class music at the annual Peninsula Summer Music Festival »