Vintage Reports, Years: 2000

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2000 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

David Dean, general manager of McLaren Vale Winemakers, said it had been another difficult year for the region. ‘But it was one where good vineyard management and a settling of the weather towards the end will result in a very good year ,’ he added. Vintage started on 10 February, which was early for the […]

2000 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

Vintage began three weeks earlier than normal in Langhorne creek. Chairman of the Langhorne Creek Winemakers Association, David Foreman, said all crops were down, more so on older vines, but quality was excellent and he described the reds as ‘exceptional’. He said the drop in yield was variable across varieties and different vineyards. Heavy rain […]

2000 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Sue Jackman, executive officer of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, reports that vintage started early this year, with Verdelho coming off in the second week of March and Chardonnay following in the third week. Yield was generally in line with forecasts. Higher variance was generally experienced in young vines. Semillon crops were not as […]

2000 vintage report for King Valley (Victoria)

In the King Valley yield was down by 20-30% across most varieties, with Shiraz having the greatest decrease. No one reason can be given for this, said David Maples of the region’s Grapegrowers Association. Chardonnay and Riesling suffered from some sun damage that influenced yields.David said 85% of the vintage was successfully harvested before mid […]

2000 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

‘The best Chardonnay for four years,’ said Bruce Tyrrell, president of the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association. He said the quality of both red and white wines was above average across the board, with high sugar and acid and low pH. Vintage got underway on 18 January, about normal for the region. Yields were down from […]

2000 vintage report for Great Southern (Western Australia)

Angelo Diletti, president of the Great Southern Wine Producers’ Association, reports average yields from the region. Wet weather during March and early April brought high pressure on control of fungal diseases, especially botrytis, and also delayed ripening. Angelo said it had generally been a good year, despite the wet summer and difficulties due to weather […]

2000 vintage report for Grampians (Victoria)

After a hot, dry summer Grampians growers began harvest in early March. Peter Leeke, chairman of the Grampians Winemakers, said yields were down about about 5-10% on last year. Some rain and cool weather during vintage led to a little splitting in Riesling. Peter said all fruit lacked a little intensity due to the cool […]

2000 vintage report for Goulburn Valley (Victoria)

A hot February followed by intermittent rain and temperature extremes caused some problems for Goulburn Valley winemakers. John Beresford, viticulturist at Mitchelton Winery, said the high temperatures post veraison resulted in disappointing acid retention in most varieties. ‘Susceptible whites, especially Riesling, suffered considerable sunburn and shrivelling as a result of extreme temperatures in February. As […]

2000 vintage report for Gippsland (Victoria)

Quality up, quantity down was the conclusion for the Gippsland 2000 vintage. The season was generally kind to grapegrowers with little disease to worry about, said Graham Scott of the Gippsland Grapegrowers and Winemakers Association. ‘The usual persistent bird problems and some water issues caused changes of management strategies in some cases but the quality […]

2000 vintage report for Eden Valley (South Australia)

The 2000 vintage in the Barossa (Barossa Valley and Eden Valley) has been ‘challenging and intriguing,’ according to Barossa Winemakers chairman, Brian Walsh. He said that like most other SA regions poor fruitset and the culmination of several dry winters had reduced average yields by as much as 40%. ‘Some varieties such as Grenache, Chardonnay […]

2000 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

Peter Fagan, president of the Cowra Region Vineyard Association, said the 2000 whites in the region fared better than the reds. Spring and early summer in the region were cool, with only short periods of hot weather in January and a mild February and early March. Rain, warm temperatures and humidity later in March caused […]

2000 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

The 2000 vintage was the earliest on record in Coonawarra, where the lower than average yields have been compensated for by outstanding fruit quality.’It is worth noting that an early vintage in Coonawarra has generally resulted ion exceptional wines,’ said a report prepared by Wendy Hollick, president of the Coonawarra Vignerons’ Association and Max Arney, […]

2000 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

Andrew Hardy, president of the Clare Valley Winemakers Association provided the following report: Most winemakers reported an early start to vintage, generally of the order of two weeks. Many also commented that it continued longer than normal, making it quite an extended vintage. There was some evidence that the early ripening diminished as vintage continued, […]

2000 vintage report for Canberra (NSW/ACT)

Yields were about 25% above average in the Canberra district this year. John Kirk of the Canberra District Vignerons’ Association said this was probably a rebound from the very low yields of last season, when yields were greatly reduced by a severe frost in October 1998. Vintage started at the end of March, which is […]

2000 vintage report for Blackwood Valley (Western Australia)

In the Blackwood Valley yields were average, but down by 20% on last year’s above-average yield. Vintage started on 28 February, which was early for the region. Brian Walker of the Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association said there had been minimal losses from birds and disease. Weather during vintage had been dry except for 25 […]

2000 vintage report for Barossa Valley (South Australia)

The Barossa Valley has had one of the most viticulturally challenging harvests for many years, but winemakers are still reporting top quality wines. However, there will probably be fewer of them as consumers might like. ‘Several dry winters in succession, followed by a cool spring which badly affected fruitset, then long periods of very hot […]

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