Barossa Vintage 2024 Commentary

BAROSSA VINTAGE 2024 COMMENTARY – the Sons of Eden perspective

Vintage 2024 which will have many highlights as a result of mother nature providing very few challenges. The growing season temperature was bang on the long-term average and combined with dry conditions pristine fruit was harvested at ideal ripeness.

Temperature is the key force in driving vine phenology ie the vine’s rate of physiological development through budburst to flowering, fruit set, veraison, and finally ripeness.

A combination of adequate soil moisture leading into the season and some timely rainfall through Spring and early Summer ensured a great balance of crop load and canopy volume. Following a useful rain event in early January, at the onset of veraison, it then remained dry for the remainder of harvest, ensuring the fruit arrived at the winery in perfect condition.

Riesling harvest from Eden Valley was completed by early March, together with early ripening Shiraz from the warmer western Barossa Valley. A 9-day heat spike of plus 32 degrees from the 5th to 13th March, punctuated with a few warm nights, accelerated the Shiraz harvest from the Barossa Valley. A small degree of berry dehydration ensued which helped to concentrate flavours and intensify colour and tannins in typical fashion. The run of heat did drop yields upto 20% on Barossa Valley floor Shiraz.

Following this heat event the temperatures cooled off with an amazing run of slowly warming days and cool to cold nights. Many sites including most of those in Eden Valley had extended periods of fruit ripening leading to a great combination of vibrant primary fruit characters, ripe tannins and ideal natural acidity. Low yielding, dry grown, Shiraz from the old Eden Valley vineyards were outstanding as was the later ripening Grenache from the Barossa Valley. Vintage was completed after 51 days with the intake of the late ripening Cabernet Sauvignon from Eden Valley which made use of every solar hour to slowly reach flavour and tannin ripeness.

In summary a text book Barossa vintage that will have many highlights to show for itself in the years to come.

BAROSSA VINTAGE 2024 NUMEROLOGY

  • Spring Rainfall rainfall (Sept-Nov 2023) – 75mm (ave 133mm)
  • Growing season rainfall (October-April) – 124mm (ave 201mm)
  • Season 2023-24 Growing Degree Days – 1574 (ave 1578)
 

Reference notes:

Actual and average data taken from Bureau of Meteorology, Nuriootpa Weather Station

Average data taken from Gladstones, J (2016) Viticulture and Environment. Winetitles

 

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