For the vignerons and winemakers of Australia, it’s a time of great anticipation. For many regions, the picking of the grapes has started and the first predictions on quality have been made.
The Hunter Valley is the first region in the country to kick off vintage and this year sees grape growers and winemakers battling mother nature (something they do better than anywhere else in the country. The trick has been to out-manoeuvre the weather (hail and rain) to successfully harvest the white grapes. The red harvest will be a challenge too, but fingers are crossed throughout the region for drier weather, which will lead to another year of great reds.
While there’s been water aplenty in the Hunter Valley over the last month, it’s been a very dry growing season across South Australia. This has created a long ripening period, and the lack of rain also means smaller berries and lower yields and therefore more intense flavours. On the flipside, the lack of rain has meant that supplementary irrigation has been necessary, an obstacle for those wineries whose access to water is limited.
It’s too early to predict how things are looking elsewhere in the country, so keep an eye out for updates in our March enewsletter.
What we can predict is that February is going to be full of opportunities to catch up with the Wine Selectors team. We’ll be at the following events and would love to see you there.
NSW / ACT
5-7 February: Newcastle Caravan Camping and Holiday Expo
19-21 February: Canberra Food and Wine Expo
26-28 February: Royal Canberra Show
26-28 February: NSW Wine Week Hyde Park
4-5 March: Newcastle Regional Show
8 - 10 April: A Little Bit of Italy in Broke, NSW
24 -29 February: Victorian Caravan and Camping Super Show
12 March: "The Italian Job" Lunch at Crittenden Estate
26-28 February: Adelaide Cellar Door Wine Festival
4-7 March: HIA Home Show Perth Stand 1