I left home at 6am and it was already very warm. The forecast four days earlier said it was going to be around 30C, but by the day before harvest that had jumped to 39C. Since Marius wines are hand picked, and are picked by his customers, then picking at night or rescheduling at such late notice can't be done so easily. The best laid plans of winemakers are often thwarted by the weather.
|Early in the day the vines provided decent shade|
|At this point taller vines would have been welcome|
|We took it in turns to be on the sunny side, but soft Steve (not in photo) opted to go shadey only later and pick through the vines|
Only one person dropped out of the harvest team, which says we are all dedicated and will suffer a lot to get a free tasting of several Marius vintages. A great crew to pick with.
|Cut the red wire, not the green one!|
|Is that Edward just there?|
|Roger has small ones, and he likes em that way|
This year however yields were extra low, with many Shiraz vineyards across the Vale down 40-50%. That was in part due to the weird weather ie. high summer rainfall in 2011, where the vines did not set themselves up for the following season properly.
|A few rows are extra low yielding with even smaller berrier and bunches because....|
|The low yielding vines with the water stealing pines in the background|
|The workers enjoying the fruits of previous years labours|
|This is Roger not telling us what's in the 2008 End Play but dropping some hints, I'm now 66% certain I know what it is|
The rewards, not in drinking order, and possibly a few bottles are missing, none in my esky I promise. The 2010s are not released, this was an early preview for a lucky few, and keep in mind review samples for some of the professional reviewers are sent in somewhat early as you never know how many months they'll take to get around to reviewing them.
Apparently the Symposium does not sell as quite as well as the straight Shirazes, but the 2006 is starting to hit it's straps now and is Oustanding drinking, the wine of the day for many of us there. There will not be a 2011 or 2012 Symposium for a few reasons, but I strongly recommend you do yourself a favour and try the 2010 and the Matarius when released.
|Getting even better with age|
|May become my new favourite|
|Many years left|
|Some of us are lucky|