There is much talk within the wine community around the quality of the 2011 vintage so I thought I would write down my predictions. These predictions have been formulated from tasting barrel and tank samples plus talking with winemakers during and after vintage. That said my predictions are only related to the quality of wine in South Australia.
White wine will fare better than red wine.
There will be some stars in the Clare Valley and in general they will be from the Watervale sub-region.
McLaren Vale will produce the best quality red wine in the state.
The Barossa will struggle the most as they picked a lot of diseased fruit.
There won't be much wine from Langhorne Creek as they didn't pick as much.
You will see a rise in Sparkling wines from the Adelaide Hills.
In general the 2011 vintage is a dog of a vintage but you will see some great wine produced from the people that were the most diligent in the vineyard. A lot of people will talk up there white wines and say it was a great vintage all round for them but that is just a marketing tool.
If you are going to slap down some serious cash on a wine purchase, make sure you taste it first.
My two cents