- Site: Morgan’s Vineyard, Seville
- Harvest date: 12/03/20
- Baume: 11.7 bè
- pH: 3.21
- TA: 7.0
- Clone: I10V1
- Whole bunch Pressed
- Wild yeast
- Bottled Feb ’21
- Barrel fermented
- 10 months in oak 20% new 300lt, 500lt
- Aspect: South East
- Elevation: 140m
- Soil: Red volcanic/Basalt
The 2020 Vintage was a low cropping year that produced wines that show great purity and focus. Contrary to most parts of Australia the season was mild with average rainfalls for most months, pushing our harvest dates into the second week of March.
After a dry start to winter we received good rain fall over late June and July, achieving soil saturation and a positive start to the growing season. Average rainfall continued through to Spring with a cooler than average temperatures though August and September. Luckily October brought warmer than average temperatures with two record high days on the 24th and 31st with dryer conditions overall. Unfortunately, this also brought strong winds which affected flowering in the vineyard and thus the yields. The warm weather continued into Summer with November being the hottest month on record. Growth in the vineyard was exceptional and produced lush canopies, protecting the fruit that was left. Mid to late Summer however was generally mild with January and February receiving higher than average rainfall.
The mild summer delayed vintage by 2 weeks irrespective of the low yields. In some blocks the low yields were the reason we were able to ripen the fruit, as picking dates went into the second week of April.
Overall, a challenging season to manage, irrespectively of the other issues of bushfires and lockdowns the country was dealing. Even with the low yield (some blocks down 60%) we are extremely fortunate to have great (clean) wines from 2020 and are saddened by so many that weren’t as fortunate.