2015 Vintage in Review

Vintage  // 

Vintage 2015 started with good rain falls in winter up until August, but subsequently we experienced dry conditions all through spring and early summer. A big dump of rain fell in January freshening up the vines after the long dry season, but this was the only significant rain of the growing season. Temperatures were generally cool running up to a single hot spell of 2 days around Christmas hitting 40 C then followed by cooler weather with very cold nights, right through to harvest.

Many regions experienced very early vintages in Australia in 2015 and budburst was indeed early, however Coonawarra was cooled down and ripening slowed by its proximity to the Southern Ocean and cooling onshore winds. A phenomenon known as the “Bonney upwelling” occurs along the limestone coast where very cold water from deep in the Southern ocean wells up along the coast keeping water temperatures low and cooling on shore winds. Night time temperatures were as low as 4 – 5 C during late January and February dramatically slowing ripening and pushing our harvest period back to late March and the first 3 weeks of April, very close to long term average timing.

Cool weather during flowering again reduced fruit set and yields were down, with noticeably smaller berry sizes this year particularly noticeable in Shiraz, but also in Cabernet and Merlot. This year we picked the entire harvest using berry sorting technology on our picking bins, removing unwanted stalks, petioles, leaf etc, having trialed various units for the last 3 years.

The wines are brightly coloured with lovely fresh dark fruit aromas and perfumed aromatics typical of vintages with even mild temperatures. Tannins are delicate and refined, giving the wines a very elegant and perfumed quality. Vintage temperature dynamics were very similar to 2014, except for hotter temperatures for longer in January in 2014. Both look to be very good vintages in Coonawarra.

  • Here's cheers to Wine-nes-day.. AKA humday.. AKA Wednesday! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #humpday #halfway #chardonnay #beach #summerfeels
  • Whats your favorite Balnaves red? 
#balnavesofcoonawarra # coonawarra #redwine #youdecide
  • Annnnd, we are back on Monday! Its okay, we have WINE.

#balnavesofcoonawarra #mondayfeels #mondayblues
  • Here's your little in look to the next couple of days.. But don't stress, we have air conditioner, hats.. oh and of course, WINE! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weatherreport #summer #heat #coonawarra #seesa #wine #cellardoor #wineroom
  • Weekend got us like... WINE TASTING! Our wine room is open from 11:30am - 4:30pm. We can't wait to see you! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #wineroom #cellardoor #winetasting #weekendvibes #saturday #coonawarra
  • Meet Maisey. Maisey loves Coonawarra.. and knows you’ll love the Tally from Balnaves’s of Coonawarra. Our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is open ALL weekend for tasting! 🍷👌🏻
  • Visiting Coonawarra soon? Here's a list a local places you MUST see! Check it out.. https://www.balnaves.com.au/what-to-do-in-coonawarra/ 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #thingstodoincoonawarra #coonawarra #seesa #toptips
  • Fancy a game of bocce?... and a wine tasting? We have you covered! Open daily till 4:30pm! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor #seesa #bocce
  • Its so close to the 2019 36 Degree South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup ... we can almost taste the Chardonnay! Feel free to pop into Balnaves to have a glance at the cup! We cant wait!

#36southcoonawarracup #coonawarracup #racingsa #limestonecoast #seesouthaustralia #balnavesofcoonawarra #greatdayout #horseracing #summercup @coonawarra_wine @36southbeef
  • Summer Days spent the right way.. We are open till 4:30, see you then! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summervibes #cellardoor #seecoonawarra #coonawarra #sunnydays
  • It’s the last day for Pete Finlay who has been with us for over 20 years. Pete has done the lot, harvesting, cattle work, pouring wine at Cabernet breakfast, fixing things, making things a list too long to write. He has been a fantastic support with everything we have done and we wish him all the best in his retirement, take it easy Pete you deserve it! From everyone at Balnaves... PS Happy Birthday for tomorrow! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #farewell
  • Our beautiful Amber is here all day today, 9am - 4:30pm, come in for a wine tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summer #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa

Follow
Balnaves

  • Here's cheers to Wine-nes-day.. AKA humday.. AKA Wednesday! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #humpday #halfway #chardonnay #beach #summerfeels
  • Whats your favorite Balnaves red? 
#balnavesofcoonawarra # coonawarra #redwine #youdecide
  • Annnnd, we are back on Monday! Its okay, we have WINE.

#balnavesofcoonawarra #mondayfeels #mondayblues
  • Here's your little in look to the next couple of days.. But don't stress, we have air conditioner, hats.. oh and of course, WINE! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #weatherreport #summer #heat #coonawarra #seesa #wine #cellardoor #wineroom
  • Weekend got us like... WINE TASTING! Our wine room is open from 11:30am - 4:30pm. We can't wait to see you! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #wineroom #cellardoor #winetasting #weekendvibes #saturday #coonawarra
  • Meet Maisey. Maisey loves Coonawarra.. and knows you’ll love the Tally from Balnaves’s of Coonawarra. Our reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is open ALL weekend for tasting! 🍷👌🏻
  • Visiting Coonawarra soon? Here's a list a local places you MUST see! Check it out.. https://www.balnaves.com.au/what-to-do-in-coonawarra/ 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #thingstodoincoonawarra #coonawarra #seesa #toptips
  • Fancy a game of bocce?... and a wine tasting? We have you covered! Open daily till 4:30pm! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #cellardoor #seesa #bocce
  • Its so close to the 2019 36 Degree South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup ... we can almost taste the Chardonnay! Feel free to pop into Balnaves to have a glance at the cup! We cant wait!

#36southcoonawarracup #coonawarracup #racingsa #limestonecoast #seesouthaustralia #balnavesofcoonawarra #greatdayout #horseracing #summercup @coonawarra_wine @36southbeef
  • Summer Days spent the right way.. We are open till 4:30, see you then! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summervibes #cellardoor #seecoonawarra #coonawarra #sunnydays
  • It’s the last day for Pete Finlay who has been with us for over 20 years. Pete has done the lot, harvesting, cattle work, pouring wine at Cabernet breakfast, fixing things, making things a list too long to write. He has been a fantastic support with everything we have done and we wish him all the best in his retirement, take it easy Pete you deserve it! From everyone at Balnaves... PS Happy Birthday for tomorrow! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #coonawarra #farewell
  • Our beautiful Amber is here all day today, 9am - 4:30pm, come in for a wine tasting! 
#balnavesofcoonawarra #summer #cellardoor #coonawarra #seesa

Sign up to our Mailing List

0

Your Cart