Col McBryde is one of Australia’s best and most diligent winegrowers, too. Adelina’s tiny Springfarm vineyard was a finalist for the Young Gun of Wine’s 2021 Vineyard of the Year—and anyone who knows this special place and its wines would not have been surprised if it had taken the top award.
This year’s story begins with the simple observation that McBryde has hit 2022 out of the ballpark. Col describes the growing season as similar to that of 2021. Again, it was a little cooler than average and relatively dry, but with timely winter and late spring rains setting the growing season up favourably. Flowering progressed kindly for a change, so there was no repeat of the punishing low yields of ‘20 and ‘21. In the end, the Rieslings were harvested around a week later than the previous year, with nice, low baumés, and resonating with plenty of flavour and rapier-fresh acidity.