Another factor that has had an impact on the volume of serious reds, especially those from South Australia, is the extremely cool and wet conditions of the 2011 vintage. And while most winemakers would rather not have had to deal with the extreme challenges of that vintage, the wines it has produced, especially from grapes with innate spiciness such as syrah and grenache, have impressed many and shown what is possible when grapes are harvested sooner rather than later. The influences of biodynamics and the so-called natural wine movement have also been marked. At a tasting of natural wines at the Melbourne Wine Show last October, show chairman Dave Bicknell, chief winemaker at Oakridge, compared the natural wine movement to the punk music scene in the late ’70s.
From the Australian Financial Review: