Barossa’s Wineries hail ‘fantastic’ year

Drinks: Wines
Location: Australia

A cooler, wetter year might sound like a recipe for disaster, but it’s music to the ears of some of Australia’s wineries . Despite a cold, wet spring and storms and gales around Christmas, growers in the Barossa are very happy with how 2017 is shaping up.

‘It’s a fantastic year,’ said Matt McCulloch, CEO of Langmeil in the Barossa. ‘Everyone has enough water, the sets fine and veraison hasn’t even started yet. We are getting a nice slow, even season – and with the extra water we are getting good volume as well.’

This is a relief for a region that has had four short vintages in succession from 2012 to 2015, losing the equivalent of one year’s crop over the period.

‘If we had a 70,000 tonne vintage [in the Barossa]we’d be delirious,’ said McCulloch. ‘The last few years have been in the 50,000s.’

‘Volumes are fine, and we haven’t had to spend a cent on water,’ added Chaffey Bros winemaker Daniel Chaffey. ‘And the vintage is likely to be three to four weeks late, so we won’t be picking in the worst of the heat.’

About Author

Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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