Vintage Reports, Years: 2001

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2001 vintage report for Geelong (Victoria)

Good conditions at flowering, an excellent fruitset and a warm dry summer led to an increase in yield of between 25 and 45% in the Geelong region, said Nick Norgard, president of the Geelong Winegrowers Association. Later heavy rainfall was followed by cold spells and botrytis was prevalent. The rainfall affected sugar and flavour and […]

2001 vintage report for Alpine Valleys (Victoria)

Hot, dry conditions in January and February resulted in smaller berries and led to a 10% decrease in yields compared with 2000. A spokesman for the Alpine Valleys Winemakers & Grapegrowers Association, Stephen Lowe, said generally warm weather with a few rain periods in March had been followed by dry sunny days in April and […]

2001 vintage report for Adelaide Plains (South Australia)

For the third year in a row yields have been below average in the Adelaide Plains region. The decrease this year was 5-10%, due to the hottest summer ever. Joe Grilli, president of the Adelaide Plains Winemakers’ Association, said the region had enjoyed a lovely wet winter followed by virtually no rain right through the […]

2001 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

Preliminary Report (March):When this report was written, up to six weeks of picking was still to come from this cool region, which has many micro climates. Beringer Blass Wine Estates winemaker Matt Steel said Sauvignon Blanc looked really good this year, displaying herbaceous, kiwifruit characters, especially from the cooler upper end of the Valley. ‘Both […]

2001 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

Preliminary Report (March):David Dean, general manager of McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc., said with all of the whites picked and most of the reds in, everything was looking good. ‘Colour and flavour are phenomenal,’ he said. ‘Cabernet looks stunning.’ The extreme heat in January and February didn’t cause as many problems as had been feared by […]

2001 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Preliminary Report (March):Sue Jackman, chief executive officer of the Margaret River Wine Industry Association Inc. said a near perfect ripening season has resulted in a great start to vintage with growers reporting good quality and generally good to above average crop yields. Minimal concerns have related to bird damage due to the lack of marri […]

2001 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Preliminary Report (March):Vintage commenced on 15 January in the Hunter Valley, one week earlier than the previous year. Bruce Tyrrell, president of the Hunter Valley Vineyard Association, said yields were approximately the same as in 2000. ‘They would have been 15% higher than this but for the extreme heat in mid to late January,’ Bruce […]

2001 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

Preliminary Report (March):In the Coonawarra region picking started a week to 10 days earlier than usual. At the time of writing the Sauvignon Blanc harvest was finished, together with a good part of the Chardonnay. President of the Coonawarra Vignerons’ Association, Wayne Stehbens, said yields were encouraging├╣above average for the first time since 1998. He […]

2001 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

Preliminary Report (March):Clare Valley Winemakers Association president Andrew Hardy said the vintage at Clare was going to be ‘magnificent.’ ‘Vineyards look terrific despite the harsh summer, which led to an earlier start to picking. Everyone here is pretty upbeat — a vintage like this is just what the state needs,’ he said.

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