The success of the 2009 vintage in Clare hinged on a rain event which occurred in December 2008, where nearly 4 inches was received on the old scale. Summer in Clare was again quite dry, with vintage starting earlier than usual, due to the hot weather conditions, bringing forward the Sauvi- gnon Blanc and the dry grown Riesling.
After the two week heat wave in January-February, temperatures returned to their previous lower than average pattern. This resulted in generally very good conditions for harvesting with the minimum night temperature rarely above 15C.
Despite the heat wave, the winemaking team at Jim Barry have been astounded by the quality of the 2009 Semillon juices and resultant wines.
Vintage in the Adelaide Hills was also hot, however the Sauvignon Blanc grapes were better than expected.
Riper fruit flavours at lower sugar levels coupled with high natural acidity are probably the standout qualities of the 2009 Vintage.