The 2020 vintage was underpinned by very dry conditions from Winter 2019 and into harvest. This led to miniscule crops, in fact some of the lowest crops in the Barossa’s recent history. Harvest was mild with few heat spells. This coupled with the season’s very dry conditions allowed for ripeness at low potential alcohols and high natural acid.
The opportunity arose to pick early. Blocks started to come in late February, at low 12’s with full ripeness, concentration and grip of tannin and bright, fresh acid lines. Alcohols will not always be as low as these wines, but the wines convey this unique style that can only be brought on by such low yields and ideal ripening conditions.
The wines essentially saw no additions. Given the tough conditions some parcels needed a small addition of an organic yeast nutrient to aid them through fermentation, approximately 15% of the total parcels were given nutrient. All wines were moved via the assistance of gravity and were given a low addition of sulfur prior to bottling.