Vintage Reports, Years: 2001

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2001 vintage report for Tasmania

The following report was supplied by Duncan Farquhar, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment: The Tasmanian wine industry has reached the beachhead. Three major forces will forge the future for Tasmanian wine. Pinot Noir has found a natural home on this island. Tasmania is gaining momentum as the source of Australia’s finest sparkling […]

2001 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

From the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association newsletter:By all accounts it hasn’t been an easy vintage, but wine flavours are beginning to emerge and the results are exciting. From the northern end of the valley, Dave Bicknell at De Bortoli reports that the star of vintage 2001 was undoubtedly Cabernet Sauvignon. As is often the […]

2001 vintage report for Wrattonbully (South Australia)

Greg Koch, secretary of the Wrattonbully Wine Industries Association, said perfect sunny and calm flowering conditions produced a quick even flowering in the Wrattonbully region. Combined with a lower than average season previously, this meant an increase in yield of 25% over the 2000 figures. Harvest was delayed by persistent rain during March but a […]

2001 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

With new vineyards coming on line the Mornington Peninsula region experienced its biggest harvest to date, with an increase of 30% in yield over last year, said Keith Harris of the region’s vignerons’ association. A wetter than average spring was followed by a long, hot and dry summer/autumn until the third week in April when […]

2001 vintage report for Tumbarumba (New South Wales)

Unusual and variable weather conditions presented growers with a constant challenge throughout the 2000/2001 season, said Brian Wilkinson from the region’s Grape Growers Association. A very wet August/September led to delayed and uneven budburst. Cold wet spells continued into October, further inhibiting early growth; however, minimal frost damaged was reported. November brought excellent growing conditions, […]

2001 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

David Dean, general manager of the McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. says that Shiraz produced in the region in 2001 appears to be ‘a stunner’. ‘While the hot weather brought forward vintage about two weeks, excellent growing conditions provided a very good vintage both for yield and quality. In some ways it was one of the […]

2001 vintage report for Swan District (Western Australia)

Vintage started slightly early, but not abnormally so. Yields increased by 10% in a very good season, where some vineyards reported increases of up to 30% with no drop in quality. Weather during vintage was hot and very dry. ‘The heat helped to keep disease out but with no rain for eight months water stress […]

2001 vintage report for Southern Highlands (New South Wales)

Andrew Stewart from the Southern Highlands Vignerons Association said a long vintage in the region ensured good quality cool climate fruit across the board for reds, with very little disease. Early rain meant that some whites were taken off early, but the majority was disease free and showed good levels. Good spray timing and techniques […]

2001 vintage report for South Burnett (Queensland)

Some vineyards in the South Burnett region had considerable decreases in yield due to heavy rain during vintage, with losses of up to 75% of Chardonnay and 50% of Shiraz. Resulting botrytis, powdery and downy mildew were generally controlled by spray regimes. Paula Greenwood, secretary of the region’s wine industry association, said there was delayed […]

2001 vintage report for Shoalhaven (New South Wales)

Very heavy rain and hot and humid conditions during the harvest period in the Shoalhaven region caused rot, mildew and splitting in fruit and led to a decrease in yield by 30% over last year. Gaynor Sims said the rain was the major factor, with picking having to occur earlier, but quality was extremely good. […]

2001 vintage report for Rutherglen (Victoria)

‘Pleasing results, much improved on the past two years,’ reported Chris Pfeiffer, chairman of the Winemakers of Rutherglen. Vintage started in mid February with three inches (75 mm) of rain and warm, humid conditions, which resulted in pockets of powdery mildew, mainly in Chardonnay, across the district. ‘Thankfully these conditions dissipated to our normal warm […]

2001 vintage report for Riverland (South Australia)

In the Riverland vintage started mid January, which is early for the region. Yields of red varieties were generally 10-15% lower than forecast, while white varieties were generally up between 5 and 10% on pre-vintage estimates. ‘With the continual push to improve quality there has been an increase in the number of growers striving to […]

2001 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

2001 Riverina wine grape production is estimated to be 159,000 tonnes, a 3% decrease from last year’s 164,000 tonnes and well below the pre-vintage forecast of 178,000 tonnes. The decrease in total tonnage was due to a dry December, which affected berry enlargement. This has, however, been beneficial to red wine quality, especially Shiraz which […]

2001 vintage report for Perth Hills (Western Australia)

Lorna Penketh, secretary of the Perth Hills Vignerons’ Association, reports that vintage in the Perth Hills region was very unusual because of weather patterns. Perth experienced its driest spring/summer period since 1877, with only 91 mm of rain between September and March (the average for the period is 212 mm). Lorna said there was a […]

2001 vintage report for Pemberton (Western Australia)

‘Once again a very good vintage,’ said Patrick Coutts, president of the Pemberton Wine Region Association. Yields appear to be up significantly on those of the low-yielding 2000 vintage and are similar to yields of the 1999 vintage, if not slightly higher. ‘Reasons for the increase include the bi-annual fluctuations in yield from young vines. […]

2001 vintage report for Padthaway (South Australia)

Padthaway’s excellent season started with a good budburst. Good rains throughout the spring gave vines a great start and saved a lot of irrigation. Only two minor frosts were experienced in spring and these caused no damage to vines. A shorter than usual flowering period with warm and calm weather gave excellent fruitset in most […]

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