Vintage 2019 commenced in Coonawarra in the last week of February with white wine varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling being picked through to late March. The whites are looking fantastic, with great natural acidity and complex flavours. Riesling and Chardonnay being the stand outs. Red wine varietals were harvested through April, with a small carry over into May. A cool and dry April was perfect for ripening, allowing full flavour development and optimal sugar levels. Yields of red wine grapes were between average to slightly below the long-term average. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are both highly rated by Coonawarra winemakers. Shiraz is showing bright fruits with high colour intensity. Cabernet is deep and rich in colour with great varietal definition and soft ripe tannins.
Coonawarra received good winter rains leading into the growing season. 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 remained in excellent condition through to the end of harvest; significantly benefiting from the typically cool nights created by the Southern Ocean.
Vintage timing is in line with the long-term average. All in all, 2019 Vintage for Coonawarra has been excellent.
Coonawarra Vignerons Board (Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated), May 2019