Old Vines, Would you say YES?
If you ask that question to Winemakers and Owners around the world they endearingly say, YES! As if these were their babies that they had nurtured them since birth. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Owner John Geber of Chateau Tanunda Vineyards in Barossa Australia and tasted his 100 year old Vine Shiraz. He told a story of recently out of the 120 old vines last year they lost 8 to death and you could hear the pain in his voice.
Simply put Old Vines typically 50 years or older depending on what area in the world you ask can make a difference in the taste and quality of the wine. They are dependable and consistent in their quality where younger vines can be unpredictable. The grapes are rarely unbalanced and ripen evenly.
Deep roots make a difference and the older the vines are the deeper they typically go. In a rainy season young vines soak up the surface water, bloating the grapes and diluting the juice. Old vines deep beneath the surface are unaffected by the rains. In drought conditions, those old vines can tap water sources deep within the earth.
Bottom line as wines age and the young bright fruitiness deminishes, old vines create more depth and layers in the flavor and experience of the wine.
So Grapes being Grapes I’ll take an Old Vine Wine Everytime!
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