Winter and spring rainfall were well below average, in line with the rest of South Australia’s growing regions. Spring was also very cool, inviting a frost event on the 17th of September which affected bud fruitfulness. Cool weather at flowering resulted in low berry numbers per bunch and low average bunch weights. The arrival of summer flipped the narrative with a heatwave moving into the region on the 17th of December. Carefully managed irrigation was crucial to mitigate the heat stress on the vines. Cooler conditions prevailed from January to the completion of harvest. Although yields were down on average, quality was exceptional.
Peter joined the winemaking team in 1989, initially in the craftsmanship of sparkling wines, before moving on to reds as Penfolds Red Wine Maker. In 2002 Peter became the fourth ever Chief Winemaker for Penfolds. Together with his fellow winemakers, Peter’s careful custodianship has ensured that Grange and the other ‘older’ members of the Penfolds family, have continued to set the benchmark for their style and quality, while new additions to the range push the boundaries ever wider.
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