McLaren Vale | 2009
A thirteen day heat wave in late January and early February saw the 2009 Vintage begin in first week of February. Cool, dry conditions during berry ripening in most of the district were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. In general, the timing of the heatwave affected vineyards with lighter canopies and crop loads and those on thin or highly reflective soils and crops in the earlier ripening areas. Due to the early start to vintage, there were some difficulties handling both reds and whites through the wineries and this resulted in overall volume in the region being below average.
Barossa Valley | 2009
The growing season began with average rainfall in winter months for the first time for some years. The wet ground coupled with a dry,warm spring led to strong canopy growth. A small rain event in December followed by a largely mild January delayed what looked like another very early vintage. A heat wave hit at the end of January, but the strong canopy growth from earlier in the season provided the shelter that helped to protect the fruit from the extreme heat. Following the heat spike conditions were very favourable, with warm sunny days and cool nights. Shiraz flavours developed beautifully, along with deep colour and excellent structural tannin.