The 2022 Western Australia vintage
The 2022 vintage season in Western Australia was warmer than the rest of the country. Xanadu's Glenn Goodall says the season was "a cracker", Frankland River in the Great Southern experienced its driest growing seasons on record, and in Pemberton vintage was late thanks to a very hot summer.
chardonnay (though a bumper year for Marri tree blossoming keeping the birds at bay). Summer arrived early and was fine and warm with a few very hot periods. Classic Margaret River weather of crisp, clear days and cold nights prevailed through mid to late April to end the harvest. Whites ripened later and reds earlier than usual, the latter harvest punctuated by some minor rain events. To Glenn Goodall, winemaker at Xanadu, "a cracker." And to Tim Lovett of Leeuwin Estate "an epic vintage!"
Fraser Gallop Estate in Margaret River.
shiraz a particular highlight. In the south, Albany experienced a challenging season, with the latest budburst ever, amidst the driest and warmest summer on record (exceeding 44 degrees on one day in February). Pinot noir and chardonnay were the highlights with later-ripening reds variable. By contrast, Denmark enjoyed a mild ripening season of healthy yields, leading to a late harvest of good flavours at low sugar levels. Bushfire smoke gave the region a scare in early February, but to date no smoke taint has been reported. Mount Barker experienced a late harvest, in spite of brutal summer heatwaves, moderated by significant rainfall and a dramatic drop in temperature in April. Whites, and riesling in particular, consequently upheld great acidity.
cabernet sauvignon and shiraz of low alcohol.
Ferngrove in Frankland River.Picardy called upon local grey nomads for their picking team. Whites showed flavour, texture and balance. And in his 52nd year of winemaking, Bill Pannell suggested the pinots looked "as good or perhaps better than we have made to date."
Cullen Wines in Margaret River.
Top image credit: Wine Australia.