A 2010 Vintage Review/Preview
Is it really almost 2012? The years and the vintages roll by, and already a new Bella’s Garden—the spectacular 2010—is beginning to find its way into some markets. In 2010, the growing conditions were favorable in all six regions where Two Hands sources grapes, including the Barossa Valley, Bella’s home turf. In anticipation of the arrival of this wine, here’s a detailed report from the winery on how that vintage played out:
In winter and early spring 2009, the Valley received the best rains it had seen for five years. The elevated soil moisture and mild weather gave vines a good start to the season, but was followed by some cooler weather stunting growth somewhat. These conditions were thankfully short lived and the weather warmed in November. Possibly too much initially, as some hot windy days were experienced through flowering, resulting in reduced yields in some varieties, such as Grenache, whereas, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz were relatively unaffected. The remainder of the season was dry and mild delivering perfect ripening conditions. The overall quality of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz was excellent and, due to the low yields, Grenache was very good when managed well.