With bottling now complete we can reflect on the 2015 vintage - in short it was great.
For us, the season started cool and dry in spring with good follow-on rains in December and January, enough to keep the vines sustained. January was distinctly cooler than 2014 which was good for the earlier ripening white varieties we use, Riesling Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier as well as Pinot Noir. The vintage then finished with warm, dry conditions in February and March, ideal for the ripening of Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernets. Yields were also good, meaning that there was plenty of this good quality fruit available.
We have now released at the cellar door the first of these wines – the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2015 Rosé which is a blend of merlot and shiraz grapes. Both wines have excellent flavours and intensity.
Most recently the 2015 Riesling shone at the NSW Small Winemakers Show as reported elsewhere on the website.
Three 2015 red wines are now maturing in French oak – a Pinot Noir, a Shiraz-Viognier and a Merlot/Cabernet Franc. All have excellent colour and intensity of varietal fruit flavours and are beginning to show signs of toasty French oak characters on the palate.