Vintage 2013

The 2013 season was characterised by below average rainfall and above average daily temperatures – perhaps ideal conditions for ripening grapes in the cool climate of Tasmania’s upper Derwent Valley.

The mean daily summer temperature at Meadowbank was 17.5 C compared to the long term average of 18.7 C for the equivalent period in Dijon, France – the capital of Burgundy.

Optimal sunshine hours promoted good photosynthesis in vine canopies and the absence of significant rainfall ensured that grapes were picked in perfect condition.

As our experience with this single vineyard grows it is pleasing to see a consistent identity unfolding within the wines from year to year.

Despite warmer conditions throughout the growing season both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes were hand picked in the third week of April, corresponding to the same harvest time for both 2010 and 2011 vintages

The 2013 Chardonnay combines fully ripe fruit flavours with a fine line of natural acidity and minerality which has become a hallmark of our Chardonnays.  The 2013 Chardonnay has a deceptively low pH and is destined for long life.

The 2013 Pinot Noir is a product of modest yields and excellent ripening conditions. It brings together the respective strengths of preceding vintages; bright, opulent fruit with structure and texture balanced by fine natural acidity.