McLaren Vale | 2008
Rainfall in late December and late January topped up soil moisture to retain canopy health. Mid-January the temperatures in McLaren Vale were in the 20° C range most days and these mild conditions persisted into the start of March. Cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development.
Vintage started in the first week of February, slightly earlier than average, with much of the premium fruit off the vine with high natural acid due to the cool early summer and healthy canopies. The heatwave, which saw a record run of 15 days over 35° C, interrupted perfect vintage conditions in McLaren Vale, causing the quickest harvest in the region’s history. Whilst there were challenges with the sudden ripening, overall 2008 will be a great year for quality.
Barossa Valley | 2008
2008 in the Barossa will be remembered as a difficult year to manage due to a heat spike during vintage.
Daily monitoring of fruit quality and flavour development was extremely important. Several different parcels
were harvested separately in short breaks before the main heat burst. With smart canopy management
during the growing season we have a vintage, albeit small, that we are very proud of.
The 2008 vintage shows great purity of fruit and firm but fine tannins, giving great structure and power to the