Vintage Reports, Years: 2006

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2006 vintage report for South Burnett (Queensland)

The South Burnett region enjoyed its driest vintage for some many years. This has a two-fold affect, one positive in that fruit quality is enhanced and one negative in that future water resources are put under enormous pressure. Vintage started in mid-late January with Verdelho and finished in mid March with Cabernet Sauvignon. There were […]

2006 vintage report for Tasmania

Tasmania has certainly been in the nation’s hearts and headlines over the past months – but there is another reason why the Apple Isle should be the focus of attention – the quality of the 2006 grape harvest. It has been an unusual and unpredictable year, which is expected to produce excellent quality cool climate […]

2006 vintage report for Canberra District (Canberra District)

Above average mean temperatures through winter, spring and summer have produced the warmest growing season for Canberra District winegrowers since 1998. An early budburst followed one of the warmest winters on record. Higher than average temperature minima, and fewer frost days than normal, ensured that most growers remained unscathed by frost during spring. Combined winter […]

2006 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Harvest began earlier than usual with Semillon, Chardonnay and Verdelho due to the unusually dry season. There were no significant rain events during January and February with continued warm to hot weather resulting in a lower than expected yield. The Semillon wines are fresh and limey with a crisp acid backbone and show great potential […]

2006 vintage report for Gippsland (Victoria)

Vintage in Gippsland came early this year and caught everyone by surprise. Gippslanders are not used to the kindly weather. West Gippsland wineries began up to three weeks earlier than usual with Pinot and Chardonnay coming in with moderate to good tonnage. The Pinot Noir was lighter in colour this year but with good fruit […]

2006 vintage report for Sunbury (Victoria)

Vintage for 2006 was like most regions with harvest beginning two to three weeks earlier than the previous year and four weeks earlier than in 2004. Most growers reported crop levels 30% less than in 2005, largely due to very little spring rain with one or two vineyards reporting larger reductions. Although there was good […]

2006 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

Vintage 2006 in Victoria’s Yarra Valley was one of the earliest on record, commencing in early February, some three weeks ahead of schedule. For the first time in living memory, vintage was complete well before Easter, allowing winemakers to enjoy the break. The early onset was due to a warm spring, followed by unusually high […]

2006 vintage report for King Valley (Victoria)

Soaking rains throughout winter and early spring filled the soil profiles to capacity, and were welcomed after the relatively dry winters of the past few years. Budburst occurred in mid to late September throughout the region. Cool conditions throughout October and mid November saw slow but steady shoot growth, allowing foliage wire lifting to proceed […]

2006 vintage report for Chambers Rosewood (Victoria)

After one of the hottest Januarys on record, it was a bit surprising to find picking started at around the same time as usual, the second week of February. This year, however, we had a significant change at Chambers Rosewood with the addition of a grape harvester. In the cellar, vintage commenced on 10 February, […]

2006 vintage report for Wrattonbully (South Australia)

Wrattonbully experienced very favorable growing conditions with a strong spring leading to warm to hot summer with modest (near average) rainfall. White varieties performed well with solid yields averaging 10-12t/ha, although red varieties were near averages with Cabernet and Shiraz at 7-9t/ha with reduced flower set and some extreme temperatures in late January affecting yields. […]

2006 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

In terms of overall quality the 2006 vintage was very good, with most whites varieties, Shiraz, Mouvedre, Cabernet and Petit Verdot being the highlights, according to Chester Osborn of d’Arenberg Wines. A dry winter followed by heavy rains in spring resulted in vines with healthy, balanced canopies on most soils. A mild early summer leading […]

2006 vintage report for Currency Creek (South Australia)

August 2005 in the Currency Creek region was relatively typical for a winter month in regard to rainfall, temperature and bud movement. September saw wet and in some cases severe conditions causing some early damage to leaves and shoots. October was one of the wettest on record and placed pressure on potential disease out-breaks. Sub […]

2006 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

A mild and relatively wet spring encouraged good early season growth resulting in well-balanced canopies. Regular rainfall reduced the need for irrigation with most growers not commencing irrigation until late November, early December 2005. Disease pressure was a little increased in comparison to other years however growers with well-timed spray programs emerged relatively unscathed. Vines […]

2006 vintage report for Adelaide Hills (South Australia)

The Adelaide Hills wine region enjoyed exceptional early growing season rainfall, which continued during the growing season with many observers commenting on some of the largest and healthiest canopies seen for many years. A cruel black-frost in mid October touched parts of many vineyards that have not been frosted before. The extent of this setback […]

2006 vintage report for Macedon Ranges (Victoria)

The Macedon Ranges wine region is diverse with elevated and cold sites suited to short season varieties. There are also warmer areas surrounding Mount Macedon. The region is noted for its long living, premium table wines and excellent Sparkling wines. The major varieties grown include: Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, together with Riesling, […]

2006 vintage report for Perricoota (Victoria)

The 2006 vintage in Perricoota can be split up into three distinct weather patterns; mild and wet, hot and windy and cool and dry. The season started with a mild and wet spring, which has produced very large canopies. Hot and windy conditions dominated December and January, peaking over New Year where we experienced windy […]

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