2017 Black Clay Shiraz
A short winter and warm dry spring got the growing season off to an early start. A well timed rain in mid-January brought relief to dry vineyards and rainwater tanks after many months without rain. The early start and ideal ripening conditions after the rain, brought on vintage at a frantic pace with many vineyards ripening simultaneously. What ensued was a month of everyone working 24/7, and new records were set for both grape harvesting and coffee consumption per day! Once the winery team caught their breath, vintage had finished a month earlier than normal. It became evident that despite the rapid ripening, all the 2017 wines showed abundant aromas and flavours.
Barossa Valley Shiraz yields were slightly below average, and all the wines show superb colour and richness with abundant aromas and flavours.