10 Oct Vintage Report 2013
Haselgrove Wines Vintage Report 2013
Vintage 2013 started early for Haselgrove with the addition of a vineyard from Loxton, first crush being before Australia day on the 22nd January with Riverland Chardonnay (26 days earlier than 2012). The first McLaren Vale fruit was Shiraz from Aldinga on the 13th February. Outstanding colour and flavour was observed with tannin structures very similar to 2010 vintage, depth and concentration of fruit is brilliant although to this point not as exceptional as 2012. Adelaide Hills red and whites ripened more evenly and consistently that the McLaren Vale reds due to the reprieve the vines received from the cool nights throughout the growing season and slightly higher crops. Fruit from the Hills produced very good flavours due to the additional hang time before harvest however were more elegant on the palate with a more subdued fruit depth. Vintage continued to the 4th April when Mourvedre from Willunga was harvested for the recent addition of our GSM.
Yields across the board were down slightly for our premium McLaren Vale red varieties especially Cabernet Sauvignon primarily due to low fruitfulness and bunch numbers. The vines responded with much larger than average bunch weights but still produced yields below average. Vines targeted with slightly higher crop levels at initial stages looked light in fruit however with the sizing of bunches resulted in average crops being harvested from these blocks. Adelaide Hills whites due to exceptional conditions at flowering had high crop potential with some intervention required in order to maintain the concentration of fruit and the ability to reach full maturity. Final harvest weights were slightly above average for most Adelaide Hills white parcels with Reds coming in slightly below average.
Although rainfall was slightly below average in the winter and spring of 2012 dams and soil profiles were generally full by late July. Consistent rainfalls subsided by September and from then on mild to warm conditions allowed vine growth to advance quicker than average with very little additional rainfall. Irrigation was required early in the season, soil profiles dried out very quickly and although the vines didn’t show water stress early, the small periods of heat quickly made it obvious which vineyards had monitored their water effectively. After early heat spells in February causing rapid sugar accumulation and compressed harvest windows for lower cropped shallower soils, cooler conditions prevailed resulting in an almost ideal end to the growing season with consistent, mild to warm days and cool nights.
Overall – with the warmer than average conditions, early and very compressed harvest timings, quality, although initially worried about heat damage prevailed to be very good with reds outshining the whites and Cabernet and early blocks of Shiraz being the stars of the 2013 vintage.
Thank-you to all Vintage staff that worked the long hours during the condensed vintage to make it such a smooth vintage.