The 2020 vintage was dry and hot. Yields were lower than normal due to the conditions and the vines surprisingly handled it fairly well. We had received some much needed rain in Spring which may have helped them through. With careful management, the fruit we did produce was looking good, we had a couple of days of smoke lingering due to the 2020 bushfires. We made the decision to continue with the harvest and adopt some of the different methods trialed and researched for such conditions. Light pressings meant very small quantities were produced this year under our Inkerman Road label. Wines were tested and free smoke compounds are minimal however there are some bound compounds present.
The 2019 vintage was preceded by a drier winter and spring until drenching rains in December provided good soil moisture for ripening. Fruit was flavoursome and good quality with overall average yield and bunch sizes.
The 2018 vintage was a bit warmer than the previous year with good spring rains in November and December and cool until the beginning of January. These conditions enabled the vines to flourish when the hotter weather arrived late January/ early February. The fruit came in clean and full of flavour and the wines of this vintage are looking to be excellent quality.
2017 Vintage was preceded by a wet winter and a cool spring. It continued to be cooler throughout January and February with ample rain in January and dry February and March. Vintage was later than recent years and more on par with vintages from the 1990’s. This produced quality, cooler vintage characteristics in the fruit.
The 2016 Vintage started out with a dry spring but it was anything but dry in January. Good consistent rain meant being on top of disease but it managed to dry out and produce a nice ripening period. Fruit quality was excellent with no disease.
The 2015 Vintage was an interesting one. Bud burst was at the average time with not too many frosts, summer was mild with cool nights so the vines just kept on moving forward resulting in a slightly earlier vintage than normal but the fruit quality was excellent.
The 2014 Vintage was marred by spring frost which kept our frost fan busy, consequently we managed to get good quantity and quality of fruit from this year. The rains were plentiful in spring so the vines progressed normally in summer and then we went on to have the cooler nights over ripening for which we are well known for.
The 2013 Vintage was a warm dry one. Again a week of hot weather in January saw the vines shut down and not progress. The vintage went on to be slightly earlier than usual. The fruit looked good with no sign of botrytis.
The 2012 Vintage was marginally better than 2011. It was still wet and cool but the fruit ripened well albeit later without too much disease. We went on to lose only 10% whites of this year. The wines from this year have been likened to some of their french equivalents.
The 2011 vintage was a challenge. The rain came and stayed. Our Copper and Sulpher regime had to be very strict and adhered to. Our pickers are to be commended for picking the best of the fruit left. Overall we were very lucky losing only 30% of the whites and 10% of the reds. The fruit that we did save managed to ripen and went on to produce wines of interesting characters.
The 2010 vintage was a good one with a great growing season and much cooler conditions than previous years. There was a little bit too much rain near vintage which slightly marred an excellent year. The fruit that was picked was of excellent quality.
The 2009 Vintage started out being average until early February where the temperature soared for over a week. Luckily the fruit was barely through veraison so by watering constantly that week, we managed to keep the fruit in tact. After this the temperature returned to normal with cool nights. We then went on to pick at the normal time with good quality fruit.
The 2008 vintage was an interesting one with it being overall warm and dry. The fruit ripened quickly with each variety following on to the next and with no break in harvesting for 2 weeks. Although the wines from this year may show less varietal characters than usual they still are complex well balanced wines.