10.34pm, Thursday 3 March, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, The Barossa
Hi folks, just a quick note to update you on Vintage 2011.
Chief winemaker Louisa Rose says the Barossa is well behind where we have been in recent years with harvest, due to the cool weather we have been experiencing. In most varieties we look to be at least three – if not more – weeks later than normal.
In the Barossa Valley, we have started picking whites, mainly Sauvignon Blanc, with some early Semillon and Riesling ready to start over the next week or so. The early Tempranillo is likely to start next week, Shiraz is veraised (coloured) but not ready to harvest yet or for a few weeks, and the other reds even further away.
The cooler Eden Valley is still a way from starting. The whites are just veraised but quite sour still, the reds not all coloured yet.
Hang in there as Mother Nature takes her time; we’ll start writing about vintage being in full swing soon. In the meantime, have a look at that photo Louisa took. Gorgeous. Find more photos from around the traps on our Facebook page.