2019 has been a fairly extreme growing season, marked by a very dry winter/spring followed by a hot summer. This led to a small crop, especially so for our dry grown vineyards at McLaren Vale. The Grenache crop was down by 50%. The Langhorne Creek Shiraz and Cabernet crops were down too, by around 20-30%, which seemed quite good by comparison!
The quality looks terrific but reduced allocations will need to apply next year (there is no Twelve Bells and Eclipse production is particularly small).
By the end of April the vineyards and all of the land was as dry as I’ve ever known it at that time of year.
The rains, thank goodness, arrived at the start of May and have continued through the winter, raising hopes for a better season ahead.