Pizzini Wines


The 2018 growing season provided many challenges including some extreme weather events such as rain, humidity, windstorms and heatwaves. The King Valley had 80mm of rain in November providing some deep watering for the vines, which held them in good stead with the extreme temperatures encountered throughout Decmeber and January. Throughout February, the King Valley had some classical ripening conditions with high 20 to low 30 degree days followed by beautiful cool nights and the cooling King Valley breeze that runs through our vineyards. Yields will be average this year, which bears well for some top quality grapes and some intense, flavoursome wines.




This vintage we had a very wet winter and spring, winter never seemed to end. This seasonal variation in rain meant that we had very cold soils in spring, which delayed bud burst in the vines, and resulted in grape harvest starting a month later than usual. It was quite cool and mild during late December and early January, which lead to maximum flavour development at lower sugar levels in the fruit. The coolness of the vintage conditions was perfect for producing white varieties and early ripening reds.



We were blessed with a beautiful harvest, and one of the earliest starts to the harvest season in recent times. Bud burst was about a week ahead on average and we had lovely even weather conditions until January when we had about 3 inches of rain. Fortunately after the rain stopped we had lovely warm weather for the remainder of the season, which ripened the grapes beautifully. Our resident King Valley scientist believes the early onset of harvest was due to the extreme health of the vines, with all the leaves on the vines functioning at 100%. The 2016 vintage is our best vintage to date.



An absolutely cracking vintage for the King Valley, one of the best in recent times! We had near perfect conditions, with a cool dry summer and warm dry autumn, providing steady warm days and cool nights which are ideal for ripening grapes. These conditions allow the flavours and aromatics to develop in balance with the sugars as the grapes ripen. During vintage, our local scientist said that these conditions would produce vibrant whites, and reds with great flavour, colour and tannin; already we can see that we have some amazingly good wines to look forward to from 2015, with great drinkability and longevity.



2014, what a year! Frost, extreme temperatures, rain and hail, we had it all. In November the region suffered a frost that stretched from the top reaches of the King Valley right through to the flats of Rutherglen. We were lucky as our vineyard sites suffered very little damage, with only minor amounts of fruit loss. Summer temperature’s peaked over 40°C for a record number of consecutive days.

We had rainy patches that created difficulties during harvest and patchy hail storms that caused some minor damage to some varieties. Given these tough weather patterns we have produced some great wines.

The white wine varieties picked during March when we experienced cooler, more stable temperatures, have strong flavours and intensity. The reds produced will have lovely, elegant structure and good aging potential.



The 2013 vintage was a one in ten year event. We had lovely, dry, warm to hot conditions, which allowed the grapes to reach full maturity without the pressure of rain and disease.

The conditions also allowed the yields to be kept low and berry sizes were smaller than average. Berries were packed full of flavour. The whites produced were excellent and will be great for early drinking. The reds are the shining light, likely to be the best reds we have made to date.



Overall the 2012 vintage was excellent. Good, above average rains during winter proved to be the foundation for excellent growing conditions during spring, this enabled very good flowering and fruit set for all varieties. Summer was colder than average, this was good for the vines and fruit maturation process. The conditions allowed for flavours in the grapes to mature at the same rate as sugar ripeness.

In February a huge and potentially vintage-changing curve ball was thrown at us. Twelve inches of rain fell in a week and caused major flooding across Victoria and New South Wales. Fortunately, we had picked most of the whites, but all of the reds were still on the vines. It was a miracle that the vines and the grapes withstood this deluge, normally that would signify ‘game over’ for the season.

As a result of such a season we have seen wines that are full-flavoured at lower alcohols, the reds have nice strong colour, lovely concentration and rich flavours. The whites have delicate, brooding flavour and loads of natural acidity.



Along with the 2007 bushfires, vintage 2011 was one of the most difficult vintages the King Valley has experienced. The constant rain throughout the growing season caused high disease pressures including downy and powdery mildews and botrytis. We knew the King Valley was in for a wet season, so we managed our crop levels to average a very low two tonnes per acre, this, coupled with the summer’s cooler temperatures allowed the fruit to physically mature earlier. As a result the wines were lower in alcohol with strong flavours and intensity. Young white wines were restrained, tight, fresh and zingy. The reds, a little more variable, but in general have varietal flavours and intense colour. Some reds, depending on the variety, will age gracefully, while others will be better enjoyed as young wines.



Bud burst occurred mid to late September for most of our vineyards. It was quite a cold November with the exception of one week of very hot drying temperatures which required irrigation to maintain vine health. December was of average temperatures but the nights were also warm, this helped to increase the rate of ripening. There were some nights while picking the whites that the temperature was still 18°C at 3am. It was also quite a wet year. All the whites were picked before a three day deluge giving us 5 ½ inches. This caused a few disease problems but the vineyards on our great sites prevailed. The whites showed lovely concentration with vibrant fruit and complexity, the reds have great varietal character with medium term ageing potential.



Bud burst occurred mid to late September, after a third consecutively dry winter where well below average rainfalls were recorded throughout the King Valley. An extremely dry October (less than 5mm of rain was recorded) was followed by above average rainfall in November and December, this promoted shoot growth. Vintage conditions were quite cool except the week of high temperatures in February. Given the nature of the conditions, most varieties reached physiological and flavour maturity at low potential alcohols. So the whites had intense aromas and tight structure and the reds have strong flavours and great colour. Reds from this vintage will have extended aging potential.



A very good spring made way for good flowering and fruit set which then resulted in an even colouring at véraison. Vintage 2008 was around two weeks earlier than average, it was quite cool and mild during late December and early January which lead to maximum flavour development at lower sugar levels. It was a good vintage for producing red varieties and early ripening whites.



A very tough vintage for the King Valley. Battling numerous frosts, fires and the drought conditions led us to select fruit from outside the King Valley region. With a very mild winter and warm spring the vines went through bud burst about three weeks earlier than average. Vintage was hot and dry during December through to February. This lead to low cropping levels and accelerated ripening. A good vintage for producing red varieties and early ripening whites if there was adequate water supply.



A very good spring made way for good flowering and fruit set which then resulted in an even colouring at véraison. The 2006 vintage was hot and dry during late December and early January which lead to low cropping levels and accelerated ripening - three weeks ahead on the average. It was a good vintage for reds and early ripening whites.



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