Unless you've been living under a rock in recent times most wine lovers will have heard wineries and winemakers grumble that the last two wine vintages in Australia have been challenging and at times even excruciating! While we were lucky enough to dash about between storms and pick our Riesling during 2012 the rest of our grapes ended up on the vineyard floor. The 2011 vintage was slightly better and we managed to hand pick small volumes of a couple of our red varieties.
We began our preparations for the 2013 vintage earlier this year as we are counting on next year being a ripper. We hand pruned the entire vineyard to control yields and vine vigour and since then we've been shoot thinning and bunch dropping. We are also planning for our 2013 vintage grapes to be dry grown with the exception of around veraison which is the grape ripening period. These organic vineyard practices are intended to produce low volumes of high colour and flavour grapes, with even ripening and natural acidity. If the rain gods stay away during harvest then disease risk shouldn't be a problem and we can pick our grapes at the optimal time. Sounds perfect doesn't it.
Well we're remaining optimistic that this is a snapshot of how 2013 will look but just in case your garden needs a water, think of us and put that rain dance off. Get out your watering can and in return we hope to make one of our best vintages yet.