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Vintage report 2023

There is no doubt that Vintage 2023 was one of the most challenging we have experienced in the 40 years that we have been growing grapes at Tarrawarra.

 Spring is regularly wet in the Yarra Valley, but the 2022 season presented record volumes of rain over multiple downpours, from September through to December, escalating disease (mildew) pressure while also limiting vineyard access with sodden ground. 

 We congratulate the vineyard crew and thank the sun for shining during the critical weeks of flowering, allowing successful fertilisation and berry set and ultimately, a reasonable yield of lovely clean fruit, in spite of the precarious conditions.

 Cool temperatures throughout the entire growing season delayed both the start and the completion of vintage. The patience of our winemakers was rewarded with slow ripening and persistent acidity, resulting in full flavour and tannin development and some really delicious wines now all maturing in barrels.

 The 2023 wines are refreshingly lighter in weight, alcohol, colour and density than recent vintages, but still strong in varietal expression and potential longevity.

All batches of Chardonnay look very good, with the original, heritage, Western Precinct vines delivering the great flavour intensity and complexity that only old vines can – with added finesse and acid focus as a result of the cool season.

Pinot Noir wines are generally lighter in weight and colour as a result of both the cooler season and the youth of our recently replanted Estate blocks, but they are not lacking in complexity, with new clones adding to the spectrum of aromas, flavours and tannin structures and showing great promise for the future.

Our other Estate varietals, particularly Barbera and Shiraz are all fresh, vibrant and bursting with flavour – we can’t wait to get them all in the bottle later in the year!


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We are thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented Yarra Valley winemaker Sarah Fagan will commence as the Tarrawarra Estate Winemaker on Monday 11th September.

Sarah brings twenty years of winemaking experience and a love for our beautiful region from a long and loyal tenure at De Bortoli Yarra Valley, where she joined as a casual vintage worker in 2003 and progressed through the ranks to her most recent role as Senior Winemaker.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey at De Bortoli and I am proud of the wines we have made over my time of working with their vineyards. TarraWarra Estate has always carved its own independent path here in the Yarra Valley and I look forward to continuing this tradition and embracing change and the development of TarraWarra Estate into the future”, says Sarah.

Tarrawarra Estate, was founded by Eva and Marc Besen in 1983 and the family philosophy has always been rooted in respect for excellence, provenance, and sustainability, with the vision to ‘produce wines of great quality and integrity, amidst a location of beauty and welcome.’

Sarah will be responsible for all aspects of Tarrawarra Estate winemaking and winery operations. As an experienced wine judge, with a refined palate and particular appreciation for cool-climate winemaking from regions all over the world, she is perfectly placed to deliver on the philosophy and drive Tarrawarra Estate’s wines to a new level of success and recognition.

Samantha Isherwood, General Manager, says:
“We are absolutely delighted that Sarah has chosen the Tarrawarra Estate role as the opportunity to spread her wings, we welcome her to the production team and look forward to seeing her personal stamp on future Tarrawarra Estate vintages.”