Sarah's 2015 Vintage ReportPOSTED 07.10.2015
2015, the vintage that ticked every box. We had surprise, drama, elation experimentation, lots of beer and the odd fire truck. But in the end we were left with spectacular results, and a real sense of pride for the awesome Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale wine regions.
We knew it would come early having being tipped off in spring with flowering happening two weeks ahead of schedule and we were ready to go. Healthy vines basked in week after week of glorious sunshine. Grape flavours developed and intensified balanced beautifully by natural acid that held strong thanks to nighttime temps that dipped low enough to contemplate flicking the electric blanket switch.
Ripening condition were ideal and it showed as we began to harvest the Adelaide Hills whites heady with aromatic perfume and sprightly acid back bones. Even with minimal winemaking intervention, the 2015 whites are showing some serious varietal punch, echoing exactly what I tasted in the vineyard.
Just as we all settled into a rhythmic pace of harvesting, yeasting and dreaming away the days envisioning extended Easter breaks (the stuff of winemaking myths!), it all came to an abrupt halt. Apparently exhausted from basking in bliss like conditions the vines seem to take offense to a little cloud cover and nights that were becoming a little more brisk.
As the weeks went by and we started to feel our holiday house deposits slipping away our frustration grew. But it was short lived, for when we saw the results of the spasmodic dormancy, we were elated. Both Shiraz and Cabernet from McLaren Vale, were dense with colour, ripe with supple savoury tannins and intense with varietal and regional flavors.
The 2015 vintage could be likened to the ultimate rollercoaster ride - fast paced and full of surprise twists and turns. But like any terrifying ride, there was an immense feeling of giddy satisfaction and triumph once we reach the end!