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The 2015 vintage has been great for Rutherglen producers. A hallmark of the season has been consistent quality across all varieties, high quality and good cropping levels. Overall, the season has been relatively mild and kind to growers, with little disease pressure and a long ripening window.
Vintage kicked off in Rutherglen on January 23 – one of the earliest recorded starts. The whites were showing good varietal definition and balanced acidity while the reds had good colour and fruit concentration. Fortified winemakers enjoyed near perfect end-of-season conditions enabling extended ripening conditions for high concentration of flavours.
One Rutherglen vigneron declared it to be the best vintage in the fifteen years I have been working this block. This sentiment will be echoed by others in the coming months.
Andrew and Carol Sutherland Smith from Warrabilla Wines, said it had been a very interesting lead up to vintage with a mixed range of hot and cold days along with strong winds, rain and a bit of hail.
Tonnages look pretty good at this stage and we are estimating a 200 ton crush this vintage, they said.