Vintage Reports, Years: 2001

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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 Maryborough (Victoria)

Margaret Flowers of the Maryborough Regional Winegrowers Association said generally everyone was pleased that the harvest turned out as well as it did after the frosting in October/November and the bird damage. Crop levels were down and this seemed to be typical of the region. ‘A little botrytis got into the grapesùnaturally not appreciated for […]

2001 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Weather conditions for the 2001 vintage featured the driest growing season on record; this however, led to good, even budburst and flowering and vintage commenced about a week earlier than normal. Sue Jackman, chief executive officer of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association, reports that the region had a near perfect ripening season with generally […]

2001 vintage report for Manjimup (Western Australia)

The driest summer on record in the region affected some non-irrigated vineyards; however, although very dry the summer was quite cool. Peter Nicholas, president of the Manjimup Wine Region Association, said the region had suffered possibly the lowest ever levels of powdery mildew and botrytis.Vintage appeared to be about two weeks early but a cool […]

2001 vintage report for Macedon Ranges (Victoria)

Vintage started early for some growers in the Macedon regionùfor example Rochford Wines had their earliest vintage ever, while for others vintage timing was normal. Vintage across the region lasted from the first week of April to the middle of May. Alan Cooper, president of the Macedon Ranges Vignerons’ Association, reports that yield was average […]

2001 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

Langhorne Creek picked its largest vintage ever, said Lucy Roberts, secretary of the Langhorne Creek Wine Industry Council. The yield of both reds and whites was up significantly on the poor vintage yields of the previous season, with yields up 20-30% on the norm. Lucy said much of the increased production in 2001 was due […]

2001 vintage report for Lachlan Valley (New South Wales)

Vintage started on 21 February, late by 2-3 weeks for whites, early by 1-2 weeks for Cabernet Sauvignon. John Saleh of the Lachlan Valley Grapegrowers said it was generally a better season, with no frost damage in Chardonnay and little disease pressure, particularly in the reds compared with last year, and yield increased by 25%. […]

2001 vintage report for Kyneton-Metcalfe (Victoria)

Kyneton Vignerons Association vice president Alan Stevens said the region’s winemakers were looking forward to an exceptional vintage of reds because of the favourable weather pattern over summer and autumn. Yields increased by 10% over the previous year due to warm dry weather with little wind in the December fruitset period. Some rain in early […]

2001 vintage report for King Valley (Victoria)

Vintage started on 18 February with sparkling wine varieties, followed by white varieties in early March and reds through to early Mayùthe normal timing for the region. Yields were generally average for most varieties this season, said Richard Carson, president of the King Valley Grapegrowers Association. Some rain during February caused some problems in the […]

2001 vintage report for Kangaroo Island (South Australia)

Vintage in this very new region began in late February and was up by 30% on last year, due to an excellent berry set, heavy spring rains and the result of a further year of growth on young vines. The total tonnage this vintage was approximately 200 tonnes. Warm sunny days with no rain during […]

2001 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Vintage in the Hunter Valley started on 15 January, one week earlier than normal. Bruce Tyrrell, president of the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association, said yields were approximately the same as the 2000 vintage. The figure would have been 15% higher than this but for the extreme heat in mid to late January. There was rain […]

2001 vintage report for Hilltops (New South Wales)

Lou Timson, secretary of the Hilltops Vineyards Association reports that some growers in the region are noting the best quality red fruit for many years, with ‘fantastic’ colour and flavour. ‘Whites also showed excellent quality, producing superior flavour components and acid,’ she said. ‘Wines already produced show complex characters.’ Vintage in the region began on […]

2001 vintage report for Hastings River (New South Wales)

The Hastings River region had a difficult harvest, due to weather. A dry spring and early summer resulted in small berries, and excess rain caused some losses to mildew in late varieties. John Cassegrain of the Hastings River Vignerons (now North Coast Wine Growers Association) said the early harvest period was good and there was […]

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