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2010 vintage report for New England (New South Wales)

Supplied by the New England Winegrowers’ Association
Growing season: The 2009-10 vintage was a season of extremes. Several small frosts in early October did some minor damage, followed by a severe frost in late October. This caused some extensive damage to some vineyards at higher altitudes. Many vineyards recovered well but resulted in varying maturity at harvest which caused some problems.
Vintage: Hot weather through December and early January saw harvesting start a week or so early, particularly in some of the lower altitude vineyards. An extended period of wet, humid weather through February and early March created rot and botrytis problems, with some fruit being lost or picked before optimum sugar levels were reached. After the first week in March, dry weather arrived, which allowed the later-maturing reds to reach their optimum Brix and quality.
Yields and quality: Overall, a difficult harvest, with lower production than expected. However, the quality of some fruit was very good where harvest fell outside the extended rain events.

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