Vintage Reports, Years: 2012

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2012 vintage report for Hilltops (New South Wales)

Hilltops recorded its second cool, wet vintage in a row, with flooding and disease resulting in some blocks not being harvested. However, the quality of the harvested grapes was generally high, especially for clean fruit. Some late selective harvesting to avoid infected areas attracted a lot of interest from boutique wineries, along with high prices. […]

2012 vintage report for Mudgee (New South Wales)

A much wetter than average season from budburst through to early March made disease control a challenge, but the cool conditions resulted in some exciting fruit amongst the whites. Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon and Pinot Gris show great flavours/aromas and real cool climate characteristics. Yields were lower than in 2011, especially for Shiraz. Source: Winemakers’ Federation […]

2012 vintage report for Peel (Western Australia)

The region’s west recorded its earliest ever harvest but elsewhere was normal. Yield was about 10% down, with hail in the east either side of Christmas causing large losses in Semillon and Shiraz. Otherwise it is looking to be an outstanding vintage for all varietals. A number of growers introduced new varieties that will come […]

2012 vintage report for Canberra District (Canberra District)

The 2012 vintage was the coolest since 1996 and among the wettest on record, but produced some excellent wines (particularly white wines and earlier ripening reds) at lower volumes. As in 2011, fruit came in with excellent flavours and colours at lower than usual Baumes, creating opportunities for winemakers to craft interesting, complex and elegant […]

2012 vintage report for Orange (New South Wales)

Most vignerons are extremely positive about the quality of their wines, despite crop yields being affected by wet weather and one of the coolest growing seasons and latest harvests ever. The whites are showing great elegance and fine flavours, and the reds are presenting with rich dark colours. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the standout […]

2012 vintage report for New England (New South Wales)

If persistence of birds is any indication, 2012 should be an absolute cracker for New England. Disease pressure was high, but good vineyard management and low crop yields (in all varieties except Merlot) produced some excellent fruit. Cooler conditions delayed harvest on the top of the range by 2-3 weeks, but timing was normal elsewhere. […]

2012 vintage report for Tumbarumba (New South Wales)

2012 brought mixed emotions. Some growers suffered one of their worst seasons after three major hail events and untimely November rain, while others were thrilled with the quality of their fruit – which also excited winemakers purchasing it. Whites were the standout, with Chardonnay showing complex flavours and both Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc also impressive. […]

2012 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

Cowra experienced a very mild year with temperatures being up to 5C below average. Rainfall was on average until a major downpour at start of March. The whites are extremely varietal, showing great natural acid; this could be one of the best white vintages in the last 20 years for the area. Shiraz before the […]

2012 vintage report for Currency Creek (South Australia)

Overall, the 2012 vintage will be classed from a quality perspective as probably the best that the Currency Creek wine region has experienced since its inception. While all varieties produced high quality fruit, the stand out for reds was Cabernet Sauvignon (followed closely by Merlot) and for whites was Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Source: Winemakers’ […]

2012 vintage report for Southern Flinders (South Australia)

Harvest was up to two weeks earlier than average, with yields down by 30-50% in some areas due to small bunch sizes and small berries with lower extraction. However, colour extraction was excellent and flavours were great. Fruit was flavour ripe at lower Baume than usual, so should produce excellent flavours with lower alcohol. Source: […]

2012 vintage report for Mount Gambier (South Australia)

The season was 2-3 weeks earlier than the norm for Mount Gambier, with virtually all fruit having been harvested by mid-March (the earliest ever). While yields were generally down across all varieties, primarily due to the cool, wet conditions at flowering, grape quality was sensational, reaching full physiological ripeness in ideal conditions. Source: Winemakers’ Federation […]

2012 vintage report for Mount Benson (South Australia)

Harvest began 2-3 weeks earlier than the recent norm and wineries had an ideal season in terms of managing fruit intake. Whites already in bottle are riper and more in the tropical spectrum than last year (particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon) and quality is very good. Reds show intense colour and flavour across the board […]

2012 vintage report for Wrattonbully (South Australia)

The 2012 vintage will be remembered as one of the region’s finest. Fruit quality is exceptional across all varieties, driven somewhat by a below average yield. Budburst was particularly early. Whites look very strong and have good acid retention due to the lack of intense heat late in the ripening period, but arguably the standout […]

2012 vintage report for Swan District (Western Australia)

A welcome return to more normal weather patterns; excellent spring rain and mild summer temperatures produced one of the earliest and best WA wine vintages in years. Outstanding white fruit with fresh aromas and vitality were harvested, along with deeply flavoured reds. Source: Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, Regional Reports, July 2012

2012 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Consensus amongst winemakers is usually difficult to achieve but all agree the 2012 vintage is going to be truly special; Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends are rated as outstanding with Cabernet Sauvignon a step further ahead and universally declared as show stopping brilliant. Harvest began 2-3 weeks early, after a warm, dry summer. […]

2012 vintage report for Robe (South Australia)

A drier than average year with high temperatures early in the growing season saw yields in all varieties down (as forecast), due mainly to lower bunch numbers and some bird damage. However, the quality of the reds is very good, particularly for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Whites are of average quality and yield. Source: Winemakers’ […]

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