We had good spring rains but lower summer rainfall than we usually receive in McLaren Vale. As a result of this dry growing period, disease pressure was low (no mildews!) although we had a couple of heat spikes in late January and some hot days in February which resulted in reduced crops compared to 2018 (down by up to 30% depending on variety). We started picking the reds started at the beginning of March and had largely finished picking them all by the end of the month. Quality is pretty good all round.
Best of Vintage is as the name suggests, the very best (red) wine from the vintage, which gets to spend extra time in the best oak barrels. The process begins when Joch tastes every barrel of current red wine when it is time to start bottling them all. Every barrel is tasted and assessed.
Any outstanding barrels are set aside for Best of Vintage. This year, the majority of the BOV comprises Petit Verdot. This used to be grown on the hill outside cellar door, however following the 2019 vintage Joch cut off the PV and grafted it to Shiraz, so this wine represents the variety’s swansong! Get it while you still can!
The Best of Vintage components are open fermented on their skins in small 2 tonne vessels, are pumped over twice daily (to extract colour flavour and tannin from the grapes and skins) and finish ferment in fine oak barrels (French oak generally). Maturatation continues in barrel. The Best of Vintage wine spends generally about 18 months in oak before blending and bottling.
Dense blue fruits, violets, rum and raisin chocolate on the nose. Full, mouth coating tannins, with a lively, fresh and long finish. A complex wine which will age well; Joch advises decanting. Cellar for up to 10 years if you can.
|Vineyards||Bradens and Chanticleer|
|Picking Date||8th April 2019|
|Bottling Date||2nd July 2020|