Vintage Reports, Years: 2001

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2001 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

From the Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association newsletter:By all accounts it hasn’t been an easy vintage, but wine flavours are beginning to emerge and the results are exciting. From the northern end of the valley, Dave Bicknell at De Bortoli reports that the star of vintage 2001 was undoubtedly Cabernet Sauvignon. As is often the […]

2001 vintage report for Wrattonbully (South Australia)

Greg Koch, secretary of the Wrattonbully Wine Industries Association, said perfect sunny and calm flowering conditions produced a quick even flowering in the Wrattonbully region. Combined with a lower than average season previously, this meant an increase in yield of 25% over the 2000 figures. Harvest was delayed by persistent rain during March but a […]

2001 vintage report for Tasmania

The following report was supplied by Duncan Farquhar, Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment: The Tasmanian wine industry has reached the beachhead. Three major forces will forge the future for Tasmanian wine. Pinot Noir has found a natural home on this island. Tasmania is gaining momentum as the source of Australia’s finest sparkling […]

2001 vintage report for Rutherglen (Victoria)

‘Pleasing results, much improved on the past two years,’ reported Chris Pfeiffer, chairman of the Winemakers of Rutherglen. Vintage started in mid February with three inches (75 mm) of rain and warm, humid conditions, which resulted in pockets of powdery mildew, mainly in Chardonnay, across the district. ‘Thankfully these conditions dissipated to our normal warm […]

2001 vintage report for Riverland (South Australia)

In the Riverland vintage started mid January, which is early for the region. Yields of red varieties were generally 10-15% lower than forecast, while white varieties were generally up between 5 and 10% on pre-vintage estimates. ‘With the continual push to improve quality there has been an increase in the number of growers striving to […]

2001 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

2001 Riverina wine grape production is estimated to be 159,000 tonnes, a 3% decrease from last year’s 164,000 tonnes and well below the pre-vintage forecast of 178,000 tonnes. The decrease in total tonnage was due to a dry December, which affected berry enlargement. This has, however, been beneficial to red wine quality, especially Shiraz which […]

2001 vintage report for Perth Hills (Western Australia)

Lorna Penketh, secretary of the Perth Hills Vignerons’ Association, reports that vintage in the Perth Hills region was very unusual because of weather patterns. Perth experienced its driest spring/summer period since 1877, with only 91 mm of rain between September and March (the average for the period is 212 mm). Lorna said there was a […]

2001 vintage report for Pemberton (Western Australia)

‘Once again a very good vintage,’ said Patrick Coutts, president of the Pemberton Wine Region Association. Yields appear to be up significantly on those of the low-yielding 2000 vintage and are similar to yields of the 1999 vintage, if not slightly higher. ‘Reasons for the increase include the bi-annual fluctuations in yield from young vines. […]

2001 vintage report for Padthaway (South Australia)

Padthaway’s excellent season started with a good budburst. Good rains throughout the spring gave vines a great start and saved a lot of irrigation. Only two minor frosts were experienced in spring and these caused no damage to vines. A shorter than usual flowering period with warm and calm weather gave excellent fruitset in most […]

2001 vintage report for New England (New South Wales)

Richard Clementson, president of the New England Winegrowers Association, said the region had experienced unusually hot weather in late January, when temperatures reached the high 30s, followed by 300 mm of rain the next week. This led to a drop in yield of about 40% compared with last year. These conditions also contributed to an […]

2001 vintage report for Murray Darling (NSW/Victoria)

The forecast oversupply of grapes did not eventuate due to low yields, which were down 10% on the previous year. Excessive heat in the summer ripening period reduced berry size and hence yield across all varieties. Grieg Greenwood, former CEO of the Victorian and Murray Valley Wine Grape Growers’ Council, said spring rain and thundery […]

2001 vintage report for Mudgee (New South Wales)

The Mudgee region has experienced one of its best vintages for many years. Both red and white varieties were fully ripe and appear to contain well above average flavours. A report from the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association said a cool and wet spring started the season in a perfect way, with the weather drying […]

2001 vintage report for Mount Benson (South Australia)

The 2001 vintage in Mount Benson started as usual in early March with the first harvesting around 9 March. John Goode, chairman of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association said that due to a near perfect growing season yields around the region increased by approximately 20%; however the quality of the grapes was unaffected by the […]

2001 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

With new vineyards coming on line the Mornington Peninsula region experienced its biggest harvest to date, with an increase of 30% in yield over last year, said Keith Harris of the region’s vignerons’ association. A wetter than average spring was followed by a long, hot and dry summer/autumn until the third week in April when […]

2001 vintage report for Tumbarumba (New South Wales)

Unusual and variable weather conditions presented growers with a constant challenge throughout the 2000/2001 season, said Brian Wilkinson from the region’s Grape Growers Association. A very wet August/September led to delayed and uneven budburst. Cold wet spells continued into October, further inhibiting early growth; however, minimal frost damaged was reported. November brought excellent growing conditions, […]

2001 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

David Dean, general manager of the McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. says that Shiraz produced in the region in 2001 appears to be ‘a stunner’. ‘While the hot weather brought forward vintage about two weeks, excellent growing conditions provided a very good vintage both for yield and quality. In some ways it was one of the […]

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