A pearler year
The Wine Grape Council of South Australia is expecting 2018 to be a “pearler” year for wines as compared to the earlier vintage. The harvest has almost wrapped up. Winemakers reported a warm and dry weather and cooler nights. Such weather provided favourable ripening conditions for 2018 vintage.
Though extreme frosts were reported at Limestone Coast in early November, careful management has helped overcome such tricky patches.
Low yield, high quality
Though the 2018 wine vintage has produced top quality grapes across many varieties, the yield has dropped slightly due to extreme weather events. At the same time, growers across all the regions of South Australia produced quality grapes in all varietals, be it red or white. It concludes that not just the best 2018 wines from South Australia will be rich in quality. The whole low-yielding vintage will in fact see a boost in flavours.
Varieties showing elegance
Barossa’s traditional Cabernet and Shiraz as well as the alternative varieties, from Tempranillo to Montepulciano are showing themselves brilliantly. The Coonawarra reds developed bright colours with fruit characters of mulberry and blackberry, and the ripe fruit showed complexity with chocolate characters.
The 2018 red wines from South Australia would be great for cellaring; the 2018 South Australian white wines should show some good cellar potential too. The colours, tannins and flavours, all will be in the right spot.
Overall, 2018 is undoubtedly a vintage year that deserves space in every cellar. Since every wine tastes slightly different in every vintage, you can expect something really good coming out from the 2018 vintage of South Australian wines. A good vintage might guarantee good grapes, but there are always going to be exceptions. You never know what you may find in a wine until it reaches your taste buds. Explore the whole range of 2018 vintage wines at Just Wines and let your taste buds decide on the best wines for 2018.