Summary

Below average growing season rainfall and a very dry vintage was followed by a wet April and May.

In 1948 there were 7691 hectares of vineyards in Barossa and 29,459 tonnes of wine grapes were crushed in that vintage.

Highlights

The Barossa’s first stainless steel grape receival facility was introduced at Orlando in the bid for increased hygiene in grape processing.

A year of high malic acid levels, which led winemakers to first recognise pH and TA changes relating to malolactic fermentation (MLF).

Sources:
SA Wine Grape Crush Survey, Vinehealth Australia and ‘Barossa Vintages: a wine history from 1842’, Peter Fuller

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