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 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 […]

2001 vintage report for Swan District (Western Australia)

Vintage started slightly early, but not abnormally so. Yields increased by 10% in a very good season, where some vineyards reported increases of up to 30% with no drop in quality. Weather during vintage was hot and very dry. ‘The heat helped to keep disease out but with no rain for eight months water stress […]

2001 vintage report for Southern Highlands (New South Wales)

Andrew Stewart from the Southern Highlands Vignerons Association said a long vintage in the region ensured good quality cool climate fruit across the board for reds, with very little disease. Early rain meant that some whites were taken off early, but the majority was disease free and showed good levels. Good spray timing and techniques […]

2001 vintage report for South Burnett (Queensland)

Some vineyards in the South Burnett region had considerable decreases in yield due to heavy rain during vintage, with losses of up to 75% of Chardonnay and 50% of Shiraz. Resulting botrytis, powdery and downy mildew were generally controlled by spray regimes. Paula Greenwood, secretary of the region’s wine industry association, said there was delayed […]

2001 vintage report for Shoalhaven (New South Wales)

Very heavy rain and hot and humid conditions during the harvest period in the Shoalhaven region caused rot, mildew and splitting in fruit and led to a decrease in yield by 30% over last year. Gaynor Sims said the rain was the major factor, with picking having to occur earlier, but quality was extremely good. […]

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 […]

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