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2006 Vintage Report Cumulus Wines
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The 2006 vintage at Cumulus Wines in the elevated cool climate regions of Orange and Central Ranges was the earliest on record. It began with the harvest of Chardonnay on February 14th, some two weeks earlier than usual.
Said winemaker Philip Shaw "our practice of reducing crops to achieve flavour balance paid off in this our third vintage, with wines showing great balance and depth of varietal fruit flavour".
Rainfall during the growing season was 370 millimetres, minimising the need for irrigation. Consistently mild weather leading up to harvest encouraged optimal ripening. Weather conditions during harvest were perfect, making for a smooth vintage. Daytime temperatures ranged from 13°C to 30°C, with whites harvested in the cool of the morning and reds at desirably warmer temperatures later in the day.
The vine canopies were moderately vigorous with healthy leaf colour and loose configuration, allowing good airflow and filtered light. Grape berries were smaller than previous vintages. Since yields were down, flavour was concentrated and quality enhanced.