Vibrant, flavoursome and unblemished fruit from the healthy vines made a promising start to what turned out to be the most exciting vintage in a decade.
A warmer than average December was followed by normal temperatures but a drier January. A cooler start to February with some much-needed rain proceeded a string of warm, sunny blue skied days and cool nights.
By February 9th, vintage at Grosset was in full swing. Over the next nine days, a team of 48 pickers carefully hand-harvested riesling each day, except for one half day when the focus shifted briefly to semillon. Fiano and cabernet from the Clare Valley, chardonnay and pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills, plus some experimental batches of fruit, were all scheduled for harvest before the end of the month.
‘February seems to be the new normal for our vintage; most likely due to two main influences’ said Jeff. ‘The first is our strict adherence to organic principles and equally stringent focus on sustainability (resulting in lower crops and healthier vines). The other is the changes in the seasons. Our approach is working well for us.’