Released to our Wine Club members early February 2019, we’re delighted to release the individual wines of the Single Vineyard Series Collection from the 2017 Vintage.
We sat down with Michael earlier in the year, to talk through the six Single Vineyard wines produced in 2017.
Our head winemaker Ben Perkins penned this detail about the 2017 vintage:
With the wettest winter since 1992 and one of the wettest on record, the tone was set for vintage 2017.
As a result of the cold, wet winter the growing cycle was 3-4 weeks behind recent vintages and more in line with the long term average. The larger than average rainfall allowed vines that have been starved of moisture in the last 10 years to draw upon good soil moisture profiles. This led to good bunch numbers followed by a consistent, steady flowering which allowed for a favourable berry set.
After what was predicted to be a warmer than average summer, this turned into a rather mild-warm summer with very few heat spikes.
Decent rain events in late December and January resulted in healthy and bountiful canopies and elevated berry sizes (especially after rain events in January). Verasion in the past has been quick and sugar accumulation accelerated – 2017 saw a slow drawn out verasion period, with sugar and physiological ripening nicely aligned.
Vintage finally got underway on the 10th of March and progressed at a steady pace. There was good spacing of varieties which from recent memory has not happened, allowing the winery to breathe steadily and to flow at a workable pace.
Early season Shiraz is absolutely stunning with beautiful fruit purityand lovely long pillowy tannins.
Vintage 2017 finally wrapped up in the first week of May with Barossa Valley Grenache bringing up the rear.
The vintage standouts this year are the Barossa Valley Shiraz especially Windmill Block, Holy Grail and Secret Block parcels of fruit. From McLaren Vale, the particular standouts are the Blewitt Springs Shiraz parcels and McLaren Vale Cabernet. Eden Valley is once again showing consistency at a good quality level.
Vintage 2017 can be described in two words…bountiful & brilliant!