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That's a Wrap - on Vintage 2024

The OWW vintage for 2024 has mirrored conditions from the 2008 harvest, featuring a cool growing season followed by slightly warmer temperatures toward the end, particularly with three to four days surpassing 35 degrees.

In the Clare Valley, cool nights have always been conducive to Riesling ripening, resulting in lovely fruit character and a perfect balance between lime and citrus notes, complemented by excellent natural acidity. Most vineyards have yielded average crops, however with extremely promising qualities.

Fermentation for both the Watervale and Polish River wines is complete, yielding exciting results. Early assessments of red wines, especially the Shiraz from 98-year-old and 105-year-old vines, show exceptional character, concentration, and balance.

The Winery block Shiraz is deemed the best in 23 years, with plans for gentle oak aging to enhance complexity and refine tannins. At the close of V24 at OWW, we are seeing early signs of exceptionally well-balanced and distinctive wines across the board.