Diary of a Barossa vintage casual – part 3

2020 Barossa Shiraz samples in the lab for tasting

Sam Cole-Johnson is still waiting for the 2020 vintage to really get going.

Our winemaker told me that the lead up to harvesting our red grapes (we’re nearly done with white grapes, which make up only about 5% of production) is one of the most difficult times of the year for him. Everyone from vineyard manager to vintage casual is ready to get underway. We all mope about, lacklustre, begging to be buried in fruit. It’s his job to ignore our constant bellyaching and wait … and wait … until the fruit is ripe enough to make the hefty, classic...