Lack of clouds has a silver lining

Ask any winemaker about the "glut" of Australian wine, and you will hear many different opinions, here's ours!

Our team has watched the wine surplus build up over the past few vintages thanks, primarily, to a string of excellent growing seasons that delivered us more grapes than we needed. However, our winemaking team believes there are a number of factors that are fast depleting supplies.

Frost. Early in the 2007 vintage, many of our prime growing areas were struck by very severe frost. This cost many tonnes of grapes.

Drought. Australia, especially South Australia, has been experience one of its worst droughts on record, leading to stringent restrictions in water allowance for grape growers and residents alike, This has led to lower yields being forecast. While a diminished River Murray has hurt heavily irrigated regions such as the Riverland, the lack of rain has hit those regions that produce "dry grown" crops.

Tornado. In scenes from a down under version of the Wizard of Oz, the Riverland region, pictured above, was struck by an unusually fierce tornado, which flattened many vines completely, wreaking havoc and slashing crop forecasts.

Heat. Our summer is delivering is harsh sting of hot weather and, given the preceding conditions, many vines are shutting down and being harvested much earlier than expected. We hear that due to this combination of factors - lower yield, difficult growing conditions - the fruit that is being harvested is much more intense in flavour than usual.

Popularity. The final factor eating into wine stocks is the growing popularity of Australian wine overseas. We are working at top pace just to keep up with demand. Little wonder then that with increasing sales and the difficult growing conditions, supply and demand will be much more evenly balanced this vintage.


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Wine Quotes & Toasts

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A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine."

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 

A waltz and a glass of wine invite an encore."

Johann Strauss

Now is the time for drinking, now is the time to beat the earth with unfettered foot. "


Wine is bottled poetry."

Robert Louis Stevenson  

Wine is the pearl in the oyster of the grape.

Charles A. Nardone, Mirabella Ranch, Texas USA 

Good wine is a good familiar creature if it well used."


What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others.


Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23

A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry."

Ecclesiastes 8:15

Wine cheereth God and man."

Judges 9:13

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages."

Louis Pasteur

Both to the rich and poor, wine is the happy antidote for sorrow.


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Benjamin Franklin 

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.

Spanish saying 

Wine is sunlight, held together by water."

Galileo Galilei

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved."

Medieval German saying 

No thing more excellent nor more valuable than wine was ever granted mankind by God."


God made only water, but man made wine.

Victor Hugo

It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking: the arrival of a friend; one's present or future thirst; the excellence of the wine; or any other reason."

Latin saying 

Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues."

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Contact Details

Nardone Baker Wines

PO Box 386, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171, Australia.

10 Gray Street, Kilkenny, South Australia, 5009, Australia
Phone +61 8 8445 8100 
Fax +61 8 8445 8200

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