Each vintage brings with it a unique set of characteristics that change the nature of the wine – and that's the beauty of wine. Our vintage reports will give you a unique insight into how that glass of Wakefield wine you're enjoying came to fruition.
The growing season leading up to vintage in the Clare Valley commenced with above average winter/spring rainfall which filled profiles in the soil to saturation points not seen in the past three seasons. During flowering in November an unprecedented heat wave occurred; the Clare Valley experienced 13 consecutive days above 30°C. This heat-wave coincided with the peak of vine flowering, which resulted in reduced yields across almost all varieties at harvest. The stand-out wines from this vintage are sure to be Riesling – which is displaying pure focused fruit and a linear acid line and Shiraz which is expressive of the region.
Vintage 2011 will surely go down in the history books as one to remember! With rain being the main issue (and the associated diseases that occur in those humid conditions) and the corresponding protracted ripening period, this was certainly a vintage that separated the pack. However, despite any pessimism surrounding this vintage, we are very happy with the overall quality of our wines. Of our white wines, both the Riesling and Pinot Gris look particularly outstanding, whilst out of the red varieties, the Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon look particularly promising.