2022 Vintage Report
The season began with a dry, cool autumn which led into good winter rains and above average spring rainfall. The timing of this rain led to decent soil moisture during the growing season even though the annual rainfall was down on average.
The cool, wet spring delayed budburst slightly and, combined with a cool summer, led to one of the latest starts to the vintage in more than a decade. A couple of below zero nights in mid-October caused some isolated frost damage and wet conditions through flowering in November led to some minor fruit set issues. But overall, the region escaped the wrath of Mother Nature.
Cool, dry weather through summer and early autumn provided favourable ripening conditions, producing fruit with good natural acid levels and full varietal flavour. Overall, the 2022 vintage has delivered consistently high quality across both red and white varieties, along with welcome strong yields.
The Rieslings are exceptional, and red varieties are showing a combination of quality and yield not seen for several years, with especially Shiraz looking stunning.