Coming just after the halfway point of 2021, this issue of Grapegrower & Winemaker features the first part of our annual Vintage Report, focussing on warm climate regions.
This year’s harvest has reportedly been very positive with yields and quality high in many regions, in sharp contrast to previous seasons that were affected by bushfires, other extreme weather events and the pandemic. Vintage 2021 has been described as ‘one for the ages’ and many producers are optimistic that some truly great wines will be the result.
Additionally, we turn out attention to frost management with viticulturist Sam Bowman, as well as looking at the risks associated with vineyard pests.
We also move into the winery with the first of a special two-part feature on techniques for making lower alcohol wines. Meanwhile, international research is also presented that examines tannin extraction in ‘orange’ (or amber) wine.
We also cover the recent National Bushfire Conference that featured findings, experiences and recommendations stemming from the aftermath of the 2019-20 bushfires and resultant smoke taint. Crawford River Wines Riesling is in the spotlight for this month’s Behind the Top Drops, while we also delve into the interesting story behind the Barbera variety.
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