Thiele Road Vineyard #V13

Vintage 2013 (or #V13 as it has being shortened for social media) began in the second week of February and everything seemed in a hurry – early on we thought we might set a record for the quickest vintage yet!
Tours of the vineyards suggested most varieties were ripening quickly and it turned out that in our first couple days crushing we processed Chenin Blanc from Stockwell, Shiraz from Tanunda and Grenache from Bethany. Some vineyards were a long way down on previous yields, while others stayed close to average… but the quality of the fruit looked pretty good.
The winery quickly filled up with a whole range of ferments… all the parcels that will go under the 2013 labels were left to do their thing on their own ‘wild’ yeasts and we experimented with a range of whole-bunch percentages, including a 100% whole-bunch Grenache.
A day of steady rain on February 28 meant the ’Dust Kicker’ boots were a lot less dusty than usual… 15mm fell gently all day across the Barossa and this slowed the ripening process down.
Things settled into a more steady routine after the rain as we didn’t crush grapes for almost a week, but we are in for a busy finish to the season – the remaining parcels of Shiraz and Mataro will all be picked and crushed within the next week.