VINTAGE REPORT 2021
Taylor family estate, Clare Valley - The season for vintage 2021 commenced with good late-winter and early-spring rains. Dry conditions prevailed from November onwards, with rainfall well below average for the remainder of the growing season. Weather conditions from mid to late November were ideal for flowering and fruit set. The latter half of the season was ideal for fruit development with some of the best conditions seen in the last 10 years, although Riesling bunch and berry sizes were down on average which reduced yields for this variety. Overall our winemakers report the ideal conditions have produced stunning wines from this vintage with great varietal characteristics.
Taylor family vineyards, Wrattonbully - The season started well with reasonable winter rainfall and then moderate rainfall continued throughout early spring, allowing for healthy canopy growth. The mild and dry conditions throughout late spring were conducive to excellent flowering and fruit set across all varieties. The mild and dry conditions carried on throughout summer. There was a distinct lack of weather extremes for the vines to contend with. These conditions continued into autumn, allowing for slow, even ripening of the fruit and excellent flavour and colour development. Winemakers report that vintage 2021 will go down as one of the best in at least the last 20 years.
VINTAGE REPORT 2020
The season started with challenging weather events that included spring frosts at budburst and then hot and windy conditions during flowering. Although these don’t affect quality, they do negatively impact yields. At the end of the year and into the New Year bushfires blazed across Australia, having a devastating impact on people, wildlife, bushland and many wineries. In the Clare Valley, we were lucky and escaped the threat of fire but January delivered some wild weather. One minute we were experiencing searing heat and the next, heavy rain and chilly, gusty wind! February saw weather conditions return to normal and a nice fall of rain at the start of the month invigorated the vines prior to harvest commencing. As we headed into March, the weather remained relatively mild - ideal for ripening and harvest progressed smoothly and steadily. Meanwhile, the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic resulted in social distancing policies and higher than normal hygiene measures during the controlled commotion of vintage. While it was a very tough year for growers, the quality of the fruit was high, which is heartening. Our winemaking team report that the wines from this vintage have wonderful colour, powerful concentration and varietal intensity.