A long winter draws to a close

After 11 long weeks I can finally say that vintage is over! February 4 seems like a distant memory when the first grapes started coming into the winery. Almost 9 weeks followed before we crushed our last grapes on April 5, and this week the last of our red ferments were pressed to tank. Thankfully the long days are over and my weekends will return (in full) this week.

Despite its duration, vintage ran smoothly with few hiccups. There were plenty of hot days (and cold beers) and only one major rain event (in early February) to cause a few groans among local winemakers. Unfortunately the timing of this rain event was not ideal for Grenache grapes with botrytis taking hold in many vineyards. With some selective harvesting some quality fruit was salvaged and the resultant wines are looking the goods albeit in smaller than preferred quantities.

On a more positive note, the quality of McLaren Vale Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon was superb and yields are up on recent vintages. This all bodes well for the consumer as many local wineries are near bursting at the seams with quality reds.

As Autumn colours begin to take over the region, my attention is now turned to Semprevino’s 2016 wines and what we have in store for our beloved customers. There are whites to be filtered and reds to be barrelled down so I’m not putting my feet up just yet. As these wines come together I’ll be sure to bring you another update in the near future. 

In the mean time, there’s a chill in the evening air and winter is just around the corner so I’d suggest you consider what red wines you have in your “drink now” cellar. As previously mentioned a few 2015 GSM bottles (cases for some) is strongly recommended, and for some variation you could also try our 2014 Shiraz and 2013 Nebbiolo. All of these wines are drinking really well at present.

Salute! Russell

Season's Greetings and vine update

Hi everyone,

Christmas is almost upon us and I am sure many of you are saying the same as me, “where did the year go?”, and it still feels like there is a lot to be done in the precious few weeks we have left for 2015.

In the vineyard grapes are appearing everywhere. Flowering conditions in late October and early November were excellent and we have great fruit set on the vines. If favourable growing conditions continue in the coming months, yields could be up for the first time in a long while. A little more rain would really help kick things along.

Grape Growth Dec 2015

Grape Growth Dec 2015

From the team at Semprevino I’d like to wish you all a safe & Merry Christmas and happy & prosperous New Year. We look forward to catching up with many of you over a glass of vino in the not to distant future.

Salute! Russell

In the throes of winter

The throes of winter are upon us, the last leaves have fallen off the vines and pruning crews are out in force across McLaren Vale.

While the pace in the winery has slowed somewhat from the frantic times of vintage, there is still plenty to do. In June we bottled our 2015 Pinot Grigio and 2014 Shiraz, and this month we will be bottling our first Riesling Gewurztraminer (2015) and a 2013 Nebbiolo. It is always exciting to see our wines make it to bottle and even more exciting to see how they are received by our customers. Our 2015 Pinot Grigio has already hit the shelves and wine lists of bottle shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants and by the way it is selling I can only assume those who have chosen to partake in a glass or bottle have really enjoyed it.

In between preparations for bottling I have been looking after our 2015 reds, which are now maturing in barrels. This year we produced two great McLaren Vale reds, a straight Shiraz and a Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre blend (67/28/5%) to be exact.

I am looking forward to catching up with many of you in the near future when we conduct our 2015 release tastings. More news on those tastings shortly. In the mean time I’m off to enjoy a glass of red by the fire.