jamie goode's wine blog: Spare a thought for Aussie growers

Friday, February 06, 2009

Spare a thought for Aussie growers

While here in northern Europe we moan about the cold, let's spare a thought for Aussie growers (e.g. blogging Matthew http://barossa-grapegrower.blogspot.com/) who are experiencing a sustained heatwave that looks set to spoil the 2009 vintage for them.

It's comparatively easy writing about wine. The worst that can happen is that you write a bad article, or fail to get a commission you really wanted. And when you assess a wine, you're passing judgement on something that's taken a year or more to nurture by someone at the mercies of the seasonal conditions. This calls for a spattering of humility.

4 Comments:

At 8:54 AM, Anonymous probablynathan said...

on the plus side the heat could be a posative for the Tasmanian Vintage
Speeking of Tas have you seen this http://tinyurl.com/b7nk6h

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Volker B said...

Aussie Growers,
What a coincidence. Just got three bottles yesterday of different Aussie wines.
Trying to remember:
- Cabernet Sauvignon mixed with
- Cabernet Frank and
- Petit Verdot

All about 10 from Oddbins. I will post info on my blog, www.volkerballueder.com, once I tried them.

Anyone any recommendations/comments?

Volker

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I guess so, probablynathan - but it's tough on the rest

volker, let us know when you taste them

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger Andrew Graham said...

The worst hit regions apparently are Mclaren Vale & Langhorne Creek, SE of Adelaide - both of which are experiencing considerable crop losses.

Looking like a good vintage still for the Hunter Valley, Tas, much of Western Australia.

 

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