A well-managed hot and dry growing season resulted in increased quality and great ripe flavours.
Like most of Australia, the 2019-2020 growing season was hot and dry.
This meant that there were relatively few interruptions to the grape intake although the warm weather did accelerate ripening at some points during the harvest, but these conditions were managed well, largely through timely and efficient vineyard irrigation programs.
Vintage started on the 21ST of January with some local Murray Darling Chardonnay harvested for table wine. Aromatic whites ripened on schedule not long thereafter, and across the board, these wines show exceptional varietal character and intensity. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris both show great aromatics and good balanced acidity.
For the reds, the Merlot came in first and earlier than usual with Shiraz and Cabernet competing to be the bookend at the other end of the red grape intake.
Although crops were down overall across both reds and whites, overall we have approached our historical average. The reduction in crop load has resulted in an increase in quality and some great ripe flavours across all varieties.
Harvest progressed well, ending in late May. Vintage 2020 has produced some excellent quality, consistent, varietal wines! From this 2020 vintage, all wines at Qualia are vegan compliant.