From August 2014 onwards scant rain gave cause for watering to commence as early as October. Thankfully the summer was mild with no prolonged
temperatures in the extreme, yet the heavens did bless 100ml - in January - challenging us at a pivotal time of the season.
Unlike the Traminer, the Riesling berries suffered minimal
splitting. The soft skinned Traminer berries
were ripe, full of juice and exceedingly vulnerable to rain damage.
All red grape varieties - no damage.
The grape crops were aided and abetted by the presence
of a variety of predatory bird not previously seen hereabouts. The
Hobby subdued the local bird population which greatly reduced the usual damage problems.
Both the Riesling and Traminer crops were hedged in January
and harvested on March 5.
Having ripened much earlier than the Riesling, the Traminer
was very low yielding owing to bird pilfering before the appearance of the Australian
Hobby and the application of netting.
The Riesling recorded both high yield and quality.
Harvesting of the red varieties followed.
within a day, theMataro, Grenache and Alicante Bouchetthis vintage took both March 17 & 18 owing to record high yields.
Mataro, with its much smaller berries, was hedged in
January and recorded high yield and quality.
Grenache, also hedged in January, and in January & February underwent fruit
thinning owing to the tight
bunches of much smaller berries.
The quality and yield was
also record high.
Some fruit thinning was necessary in January and February of
Alicante Bouchet and Mandy's efforts were rewarded with record high yielding
Rockford Wines' MD, was extremely happy with the extra fruit, the quality being
Notably, and c
onsistent this vintage across the Eden Valley, the Evandale Estate Riesling Traminer has remarkable colour translucency.
Alluring perfumes of rose petals and
honeysuckle with apricot and lime blossom lead into delicately balanced
flavours of white peach, lime zest and subtle tropical notes. There is a fine
flinty minerality underlined by the textural nature of our Traminer, supported
by clean natural acidity given by our Riesling. - Jo Irvine, winemaker