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2015 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

Mornington Peninsula’s first grapes of the season were handpicked off the vine at Yabby Lake Vineyard in February, according to the vineyard’s group viticulturist, Keith Harris.
Harris said Yabby Lake usually kicked off the harvest for the Mornington Peninsula due to the location of the vineyard.
“We’re a little further north and we get slightly warmer temperatures here so the grapes are ready sooner,” he said.
Harris said the harvest lasted three weeks, with pickers covering Pinot Gris and Chardonnay before moving on to the region’s flagship Pinot Noir variety.
The results of the 2015 harvest will be closely watched by wine aficionados, with Yabby Lake’s 2013 Block 2 Pinot Noir taking out six trophies at the Sydney Royal Wine Show earlier in the year.
Tom Carson, Yabby Creek winemaker and general manager said the winery was starting to identify some special sites for Pinot Noir.
“As a winegrower and maker, it’s incredibly exciting to see the evolution of the variety in this country,” he said. “There is such a terrific breadth of characterful wines coming through.”

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