Vintage 2019 commenced in Coonawarra in the last week of February with white wine varietals (Traminer, Chardonnay, Riesling). The whites are looking fantastic, with great natural acidity and complex flavours. Riesling and Chardonnay being the stand outs. Yields of reds wine grapes are still to be determined and it is possible they will be slightly below the long-term average. Early indications for reds are that they have freshness and great varietal characters.
Coonawarra received good winter rains leading into the growing season, however, this growing season has highlighted the importance of our good quality and quantity of underground water used to mitigate temperature and seasonal weather conditions. There has been no significant crop loss due to heat, and canopies remain in excellent condition; significantly benefiting from the typically cool nights created by the Southern Ocean. The quality is looking promising.
Vintage timing is in line with the long-term average. All in all, it is looking to be a positive vintage for Coonawarra.