VINTAGE 2020 Winemaker's Report
2020 was a challenging growing season with yields below average for the second year in a row, however the quality looks exceptional and the Clare Valley was fortunate enough to escape any major weather events such as bushfires or frost for which we are very grateful.
Clare’s mean average rainfall is 540mm and in the 2019 calendar year, we only recorded
351mm. This was the second driest year behind 2006 in the past 25 years, and on the back of
the 2018 calendar year which saw only 430mm of rain. Groundwater resources were therefore
already stressed, with very little availability. We started watering in late August, pre bud burst,
knowing the vines needed a good early boost to build some strong canopies in preparation for
the forecasted dry conditions.
The region experienced a windy period throughout flowering and again during fruit set, that together with a couple of dry years, contributed to the decrease in yields.
It is important to note that although the beginning of the growing season was quite hot, and
remained very dry throughout summer, the months of January, February and March 2020 were cooler than the long-term average, leading to higher than normal natural acidity retention in the fruit at harvest. The winemakers commented that; “the 2020 wines generally have a robust natural acid backbone which will see them age well in coming years.
The Rieslings in particular have this ‘uniquely Clare’ acidity, showing beautiful juicy, mouth watering varietal flavour and our trademark Pinot Gris has extremely concentrated, yet vibrant
flavours due to the dry conditions”.
Tim said, “besides the lack of water, it was one of the best starts to a harvest that I have seen
in a long time, but disappointingly we don’t have as many grapes as we would like”. He
continued by saying, “we are really pleased with preliminary looks at our reds, that are
showing great depth of colour, firm tannins and forward fruit flavour. At this early stage we
believe the reds will have excellent cellaring potential due to the cooler finish to the growing
season that has created excellent pH and acid balance in the wines”.
In summary, although the season was very dry and yields were down 10% compared to last
year, the vintage was trouble free and the quality looks excellent.
Tim Adams Wines was awarded a Certificate of Excellence and became one of the Top Wineries of Australia for the second year in a row. The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to a select group of wineries that consistently produce excellent wine. This award is based on wine reviews by the acclaimed Real Review panel […]Read More
Tim Adams Wines has been awarded 5 Stars in the recently released 2020 edition of the James Halliday Wine Companion. James also said, “Tim Adams says the Aberfeldy 2015 is described by some as the Clare Valley’s Grange and I don’t quarrel with that”.Read More
Harvest 2019 will go down in the record books as one of the most challenging on record. The skill of the viticulture and winemaking teams was really put to the test and thankfully led to another high-quality vintage. Extremely low rainfall throughout winter and spring led to minimal subsoil moisture and virtually no run-off […]Read More
Variety life memberships have been awarded to Tim Adams and Pam Goldsack, founders of Clare Valley-based Tim Adams Wines, for their outstanding contribution to the children’s charity. Tim Adams Wines has been a dedicated sponsor of Variety since 2001, raising much needed money through its event participation, event sponsorship and general involvement. “There is no […]Read More