Vintage this year has been highly unusual with the pandemic causing difficulties in many areas for the winery and vineyard staff. Despite everything, the vintage has turned out to be outstanding with the quality of the fruit reaching the winery in excellent condition. The cool conditions after Christmas and the absence of any extremely hot days have produced fruit with good natural acidity and vibrant fruit flavours.
There have been several grape varieties that have really stood out with outstanding fruit that should produce exceptional finished wines. Balgownie’s winemaker Tony Winspear has nominated the fruit from the Centre Block as being as particularly good. The Centre Block is one of the original blocks at Bendigo, planted in 1969 by Stuart Anderson and the age of vines means that they often produce sensational fruit. Tony is confident that he will be able to produce a single vineyard shiraz from the Centre Block, a wine to keep an eye out for when released.
The Pinot Noir from the Yarra valley has also looked fabulous, although the quantity of fruit has been much reduced. We have several different clones of Pinot Noir planted in the Yarra Valley and from this vintage the MV6 and 114 clones have been delivered to the winery in superb condition. This fruit is likely to form the backbone of the Estate pinot Noir for the 2020 vintage.