2013 'Three Gardens' Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache
2013 Vintage Report
2013 was definitely a vintage of highs and lows. Fortunately the highs were the quality of grapes across all varieties. The lows unfortunately were the yields, with some Shiraz vineyards down by 50% - 80% as a result of extremely low rainfall during winter and spring. The Barossa Valley received only half of its average rainfall between July 2012 and March 2013 creating a very stressful environment for grape growing, especially for dry grown vineyards like the Freedom which yielded less than one tonne per acre. The low yields ripened early and quickly so vintage kicked off two weeks early, with a mad rush to keep ahead of rapidly rising sugar levels.
A large percentage of our harvest was completed before March and for the first time ever we were finished with picking well before ANZAC day and our Bella Rouge Rose was in the bottle by mid-May. Overall the quality was high with intense colour and flavour, ripe tannins and surprisingly good acidity with most red parcels and the whites showing great varietal character and acid balance. I’m extremely happy with the 2013 wines, there just won’t be as much of them to share.
Paul Lindner, Chief Winemaker
Colour: Medium depth crimson with purple hues.
Aroma: Lifted, fresh and bright fruit leaps out of the glass with Raspberry and Blood Plums dominating the aroma with subtle savoury and white pepper hints.
Palate: The bright and juicy fruit coats the palate and is well balanced with peppery and sweet spice. Medium bodied in structure with good complexity and lovely silky tannins which flow through the fruitful and spicy finish.
Peak Drinking • 2015 – 2020