Vintage Reports, Years: 2003

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2003 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

Despite challenging weather and below average yields, the 2003 vintage was very pleasing, according to Bruce Redman, president of the Coonawarra Vignerons Association. During the 2002 winter, Coonawarra had below average rainfall, however the rain that did fall, fell in late winter so that the soil moisture levels at the start of the growing season […]

2003 vintage report for Currency Creek (South Australia)

The early part of the growing season started well with ideal warm weather and dry conditions. Unpredicted rain in late October and early November, however, disrupted flowering and subsequent fruitset on some red varieties.  Further rain late in February caused some berry splitting, mainly with white varieties, while reds remained largely unaffected. The rain dictated […]

2003 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

The quality of Riesling was one of the bright stars of the 2003 Clare Valley vintage, according to Peter Barry, chairman of the Clare Valley Winemakers. ‘A vintage like this shows just how well suited the Clare Valley is to the production of high quality Riesling,’ he said. ‘In a year that has seen some […]

2003 vintage report for Canberra (NSW/ACT)

Total production in the Canberra District reached record levels this vintage thanks to both the increased bearing area and the age of young vineyards. This was despite yields generally being lower due to the drought. The drought was the hot topic around town and the dry conditions certainly showed the benefits of good moisture monitoring […]

2003 vintage report for Blackwood Valley (Western Australia)

The vintage began with the early whites being harvested at the end of February through to mid March. The red grapes ripened simultaneously in mid March with vintage completed by mid April. Some growers experienced a small amount of hail damage and heavy rains during February prior to harvest, which delayed the ripening of the […]

2003 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

McLaren Vale’s vintage was one of extremes, but it wasn’t  all doom and gloom. Windy conditions during flowering and fruitset in the spring of 2002, and the worst drought in more than 100 years, affected yields, making pre-vintage yield estimates down by 5 to 20% on an average year. Yields were further affected when rains […]

2003 vintage report for Beechworth (Victoria)

The most obvious characteristics of the year were the warm, dry conditions which reminded many people of 1998. This heat was reflected in both the harvesting time and in the size of the wines—the warmest, earliest and probably the biggest in local history. The whites were harvested from the second week of February, with Pinot […]

2003 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

The vintage was preceded by a perfect summer, warm and sunny whereas the 2002 summer was quite overcast. These weather conditions led to early veraison and rapid development of sugar and flavours, culminating in all varieties reaching ideal ripeness levels close to the same time, placing considerable pressure on availability of labour and machine harvesters. […]

2003 vintage report for Barossa Valley (South Australia)

A dry winter and spring in 2002 caused most varieties to set lower than average crops. Dry and warm to hot weather during December and January promised and delivered an early vintage. However, the dry conditions came to a sudden halt on 19 February when the Heavens opened—and approximately 70 to 80mm of rain fell […]

2003 vintage report for Lachlan Valley (New South Wales)

Vintage started on the lighter country on 29 January with the Chardonnay being quite high in Baume about 10 days earlier than normal. White yields were about 40% less than normal due to the drought. Grapes tended to raisin as soon as they reached ripeness, producing a sweet, rich must. Red yields varied. Early ripening […]

2003 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

The season in Langhorne Creek this year was very compact, beginning slightly early and being one of the shortest in memory for many. The region experienced generally fine and warm weather throughout the growing season with only a spill of rain early in vintage. This presented little concern, only briefly slowing the harvest of red […]

2003 vintage report for King Valley (Victoria)

Budburst occurred in mid to late September following a dry winter. Above average temperatures and wind speeds were recorded throughout October and November. A freak storm swept through the region in November, resulting in hail damage on a handful of vineyards in the lower reaches of the valley. Warm, dry conditions in late November/early December […]

2003 vintage report for Hilltops (New South Wales)

Lower than normal yields resulted from the 2003 harvest due to the unseasonable dry conditions during the entire growing season. Limited water supply to most vineyards did not allow irrigation systems to fully supplement moisture levels. Some dry land crops resulted in very poor yields. Fruit quality was as usual high, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz […]

2003 vintage report for Henty (Victoria)

Budburst began in a solid manner, albeit a little later than usual. Bunch numbers were low but the absence of frost balanced the levels of optimism. As a warm spring progressed, vines made up lost ground quickly.  Unfortunately, flowering was dominated by a 10-day cold snap. This affected early flowering varieties that were already hampered […]

2003 vintage report for Alpine Valleys (Victoria)

Following an extremely dry winter and spring, the growing season saw a continuation of low rainfall. Throughout the region, these conditions resulted in smaller than average berry and bunch sizes and an early cessation of shoot growth, leaving even, well-balanced crops that promised to deliver some excellent quality. With this dry start to the season, […]

2003 vintage report for Adelaide Plains (South Australia)

The growing season started slowly—the October budburst was a bit later than average in some vineyards—probably because growers pruned late and the 2002 winter was dry. Uneven buds and shoot lengths were particularly noticeable in Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Some shoot damage occurred in the north east of the region after a hailstorm. By […]

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