2017 VINTAGE REPORT
Heavy rain in the McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek regions during July saw a massive 31% increase in rainfall. These cold, wet conditions continued through to early summer and were the defining features of the 2017 vintage. Both budburst and flowering where delayed, which also led to harvest occurring later than normal. In the lead up to harvest there were some concerns of mildew and botrytis affecting the grape quality, however due to the our open canopies allowing air flow and perfect summer temperatures, our grapes were not affected.
The quality of our Verdelho crops this year were second to none. We harvested an early pick of Verdelho to trial a fresh new wine style, exclusive to our Cellar Door. All our red varieties produced some extraordinary results, with many blocks achieving greater yields and higher Fruit WeightsTM than ever before. Out total crop yield came in at an impressive 1363 tonnes, a true testament to the success of our Marquis Vineyard Watering ProgrammeTM.