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3/03/2017

Langhorne Creek vintage worth the wait

The grape and wine community at Langhorne Creek is optimistic a late start to this year’s vintage will have been worth the wait as picking ramps up.

Cooler temperatures at various stages of the growing season delayed the harvest by about three weeks.

Phil Reilly, from CMV Farms and the chair of the Langhorne Creek Grape Grower Committee, said the cooler, longer ripening period had allowed for maximum flavour development in the fruit with strong varietal definition, good structure and intense colour.

“We are confident that Langhorne Creek will produce some outstanding wines this vintage,” Reilly said. “Whites, including Chardonnay and Pinot Gris will be picked this week and reds a few weeks after that. All indication are that the fruit is well-balanced and of very high quality. This encourages us to believe that the wines of 2017 will exceed expectations.”

Greg Follet at Lake Breeze Wines agreed.

“Whilst we may be three weeks later than usual it is really similar to harvest times in the 80s and 90s. If we have a nice spell of warm dry weather now I am optimistic the vintage could be an absolute cracker producing whites of high natural acidity and reds with great cellaring potential,” Follett said.

The Langhorne Creek region is the second largest in South Australia by crush, processing more than 68,000 tonnes in 2016 from Langhorne Creek has almost 5800 hectares of vineyards, which in recent years have won awards and recognition for alternative varietals such as Malbec, Montepulciano and Vermentino which are represented in smaller plantings.

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