With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions that followed during the spring period, South Australia generally experienced a later budburst and disease pressures impacted to varying degrees across the state. Meticulous vineyard management was critical.
Spring soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy vegetative growth continued during the cooler spring months and delayed veraison and berry development in the new year. Careful canopy management on the Magill vineyard ensured good light penetration into the fruit zone. This resulted in moderate size berries with a loose bunch architecture suited to the Magill Estate style.
A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison and commencement of the ripening season. As was the case elsewhere, attention to detail was required with selective harvesting of pristine fruit.
The Magill Estate Vineyard was handpicked on March 9th and 10th 2011.