Vintage 2014: Padthaway
Regionality is the driving force behind Two Hands Wines. It gives rise to the Garden Series, an unprecedented portfolio of Australian Shiraz consisting of a wine from each of six distinct regions. As the winery says, “One grape variety, one vintage, one winemaker – soils and climate are the only way of differentiation.” Making great wine from such disparate regions – the Barossa (Bella’s), McLaren Vale (Lily’s), Clare Valley (Samantha’s), Langhorne Creek (Harry & Edward’s), Padthaway (Sophie’s) and Heathcote (Max’s) – is a daunting but exhilarating task that gives the Two Hands team a unique perspective on wine growing in Australia each vintage. With that in mind, Winemaker Ben Perkins has put together a series of reports on the recently completed 2014 growing season. Today the focus is on Padthaway, in the southeast of South Australia.
By Ben Perkins, Winemaker
Good winter and spring rainfall led to excellent soil moisture levels. Unlike some recent seasons, canopy growth was very strong. Cool and windy weather at flowering caused yields to be below average for the region. The hot weather during January and February was early enough in the ripening curve that it did not cause too much concern. Padthaway escaped heavy rain in February with as little as 1-2mm (0.04-0.08 inches) falling in some vineyards. The cool weather that followed resulted in a very slow ripening curve. With great ripening weather and no disease pressure, the fruit came into the winery – on April 8, the last day of crushing – in pristine condition. Early quality assessments during fermentation look very promising.
See these posts in the Vintage Report series: