The 2014 growing season was one of the wackiest in living memory! Following the low yielding 2013 vintage the season started well, but the first threat came from unseasonal late frosts. Summer was the hottest on record with 13 days recording a maximum of over 40ºC. During this period the devastating Eden Valley bushfire ignited on 17 January adjacent the Eden Valley Township, but thankfully (for us), the winds took it in an opposite direction to the Avon Brae Vineyard. The hottest ever summer was followed by the wettest day since 1969 with more than 100 mm of rain falling on Valentine’s Day. Whilst some rain would have been welcome, too much of a good thing caused further loss of crop through splitting of fruit. Harvest was then on in earnest beginning with some Riesling blocks on 26 February and finishing earlier than usual with Cabernet and Shiraz on 6 April. A rollercoaster year that ultimately produced good fruit, but very low yields.

Region: Eden Valley, Barossa South Australia

Harvested: 6 April 2014

Alcohol: 13.8%

pH: 3.65

Residual sugar: 0.80

Bottled: 26 November 2015

Total production: 4,048 bottles

  • 96pt’s – 2013 Eden Hall Block 4 Shiraz

    Australian Wine Showcase Wine Review
    Australian Wine Showcase Magazine July 2015
  • 97pt – 2013 Eden Hall Block 4 Shiraz

    James Halliday Wine Review
    2015 Halliday Wine Companion
  • The Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are all excellent, the red wines outstanding…

    James Halliday Wine Review
    James Halliday – Wine Companion