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Barossa 2017 Vintage Report (as at 4 April 2017)

  • In early March, following a wetter than average winter and spring, and below average summer temperatures, Barossa’s 2017 harvest was tracking three to four weeks later than in recent years. As the season progresses, some fruit in the higher altitude, cooler climate of Eden Valley will be picked four to five weeks later than last year. 

  • As at 4 April, all Barossa Valley white varieties Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, have been harvested. Around 70% of Barossa Valley Shiraz has been picked, along with some blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of Grenache and Mataro will be picked after Easter. 

  • Another strong year for Barossa Shiraz, the 2017 vintage promises to deliver an array of wine styles, from “bright, aromatic wines”, through to “vibrant, intense, well-structured” and “dense, concentrated” wines from the earlier-picked vineyards. 

  • With 10 days of mostly warm autumn temperatures ahead, Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache blocks are on track to fulfil earlier predictions of bearing very high quality fruit. 

  • In Eden Valley, 90% of whites Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Semillon have been picked – but red varieties Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache will not be picked until after Easter, potentially going into early May. 

  • Eden Valley Riesling is predicted to be a stand-out this year, with Barossa Semillon also reported to be of very high quality. 

  • Red and white wine grape yields throughout both Barossa Valley and Eden Valley have been wide-ranging, depending on variety, where vineyards are located, and viticultural techniques employed by the grower. On average, yields are around 20% higher than the long-term average. 

For more information, contact Nicki Robins, BGWA Viticultural Development Officer, on 8563 0650 or nicki@barossa.com



Barossa Vintage 2017 (as at 6 March 2017)

• Barossa experienced a wetter than average 2016 winter and spring. This, combined with below average temperatures in December, January and February, is resulting in a later harvest than we’ve seen in many years.

• Harvest is three to four weeks later than in recent years, which is ‘back to normal’.

• By the end of this week, nearly all Barossa Valley white varieties, mainly Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, will be picked.

• First picks of Barossa’s main Red variety, Shiraz, started this week - except Tim Smith’s last Friday! (The first pick of Shiraz has been early-mid February for many of the past 15 years).

• 2017 harvest of Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is due to start around the third week of March, followed by Barossa Valley Grenache.

• With the good soil moisture and cooler temperatures to date, the vines are looking very healthy - and a later harvest date means the grapes will ripen more slowly, enabling a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours, which is exactly what Barossa winemakers are looking for to produce high quality Barossa wines.

• In Eden Valley, the first blocks of Chardonnay will be harvested on Friday. More Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris and the first Eden Valley Rieslings are due to be harvested the week beginning 13 March. Eden Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon will follow.

• Barossa wine grape yields are looking about average to slightly above average depending on variety, where vineyards are located, and viticultural techniques employed by the grower.

For more information, contact Nicki Robins, BGWA Viticultural Development Officer, on 8563 0650 or nicki@barossa.com




Barossa Vintage 2017 (as at 14 February 2017)

Barossa has experienced a wetter than average winter and spring. This, combined with below average temperatures in December and January, will result in a later harvest than we’ve seen in many years. 

Harvest will be three to four weeks later than in recent years, which is ‘back to normal’. Growers will start picking Barossa’s ‘hero’ red variety, Shiraz, in early-mid March 2017 (whereas the first pick of Shiraz has been early-mid February for many of the past 12-13 years). 

With the good soil moisture and cooler temperatures to date, the vines are looking very healthy - and a later harvest date means the grapes will ripen more slowly, enabling a gradual accumulation of sugars and flavours, which is exactly what Barossa winemakers are looking for to produce high quality Barossa wines.  

Most Barossa Valley white varieties are just days away from harvest, with BV Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon just through veraison at this stage, so possibly 3-4 weeks from harvest. Eden Valley harvest will follow this. 

Fortunately in Barossa, summer rains are usually followed by windy conditions, so the 30-40mm of rain the region experienced from 4-6 February dried off quickly, enabling the vines to remain generally disease-free and healthy. Additionally, the soils have been topped-up with some lovely moisture to keep the canopies going throughout the summer ripening season. 

Last week’s hot weather of four days in a row of 37-plus degrees Celsius helped dry out any berries split due to the rain. 

Barossa wine grape yields are looking about average to slightly above average depending on variety, where vineyards are located, and viticultural techniques employed by the grower. 

For more information, contact Nicki Robins, BGWA Viticultural Development Officer, on 8563 0650 or nicki@barossa.com 


Download Barossa Vintage Reports - covering Barossa and Eden Valleys.

2016 Barossa Vintage Report

2015 barossa vintage report

2014 barossa vintage report

2013 Barossa Vintage Report

2012 barossa vintage report


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