After a slower than usual start to the season Windowrie is confident that vintage 2020 has settled into its rhythm, with quality looking impressive.
“Our thoughts are with those that have been directly and indirectly impacted by the dreadful fires that have ravaged the country,” said owner Jason O’Dea. “We are fortunate that, so far, we have escaped the worst of what has been a difficult start to 2020.”
The Windowrie vineyards are all free of smoke taint. The white varieties have been harvested and are safely in the winery, with the exception of our Picpul. “This variety ripens around the same time as Shiraz. It’s an exciting variety which we continue to gain experience with.”
“Our various Shiraz parcels are presenting themselves as positively as ever,” explained winemaker Anthony D’Onise. “The grapes went through veraison at the usual times, however bunch weights were lower, as a reflection of the dry conditions.
Jason’s father, David O’Dea, who established Windowrie 32 years ago, and recently celebrated his 80th birthday, has experienced most of nature’s challenges. “Every vintage is unique, and we’re constantly reminded that, as an agriculturally based business, we exist at Mother Nature’s whim.”