The 2016 vintage at Wirra Wirra in South Australia's McLaren Vale was characterized by "a very mild season" with "a lovely long hang time" for the grapes, according to winemaker Paul Smith.
That produced a crop with well-developed flavors and aromatics, high-yielding but "still balanced," he said during a visit to London this week on his way from Australia to the U.S.
While the 2016 wines in the region have similarities to those of 2014, another mild year, 2015 was warmer and produced wines that while "richer, bigger" were "not as silky," he said.
Wirra Wirra is very focused on Grenache, a grape that has been grown in the region since the 1830s. "We've been putting a lot into it," he said. "It's probably the most exciting and distinctive variety we have." The estate's flagship Grenache is made from 98-year-old vines.