Vintage Reports, Years: 2011

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2011 vintage report for Swan Valley (Western Australia)

Supplied by Julie Church, Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers’ Association Growing season: The weather leading up to vintage was dry, but as most vineyards have access to underground water sources, growers were able to substitute the lack of rainfall with irrigation. The ripening and vintage season was warm and dry with no significant rainfall. Vintage: […]

2011 vintage report for Tasmania

Supplied by Sheralee Davies, chief executive, Wine Tasmania Growing season: Mild weather and frequent rainfall encouraged vegetative growth and full bunches, but also brought disease pressure that threatened to bring the vintage undone. The strong vegetative growth meant increased shoot thinning and leaf plucking was needed to keep canopies open. As veraison was delayed and ripening […]

2011 vintage report for Scenic Rim (Queensland)

Supplied by John Mullins Growing season: Frequent and excessive rain, in particular during December and January, resulted in significant disease pressure in many vineyards in the region. Some monthly falls were up to three times the mean. Many crops were lost in December and January, predominantly to downy mildew due to an inability to get […]

2011 vintage report for Granite Belt (Queensland)

Supplied by Jim Barnes, Granite Belt Wine & Tourism Inc. Growing season: The growing season in the Granite Belt was characterised by persistent rainfall, lower-than-normal temperatures, some difficulty with flowering/fruitset in some white varieties, a high incidence of powdery and downy mildew in some vineyards and an inability to access vineyards to apply sprays at […]

2011 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

Supplied by Kristy Bartrop, industry development officer, Riverina Wine Grapes Marketing Board Growing season: Riverina grapegrowers experienced an abundance of rainfall and moderate temperatures in the 2011 season. The wet weather and high humidity was experienced over the entire region from October to February, bringing risks of downy mildew, powdery mildew, lightbrown apple moth and […]

2011 vintage report for Pericoota (New South Wales)

Supplied by Michael Gray, president, Pericoota Wine Region Growing season: The 2010-11 growing season was challenging. High summer rainfall meant growers were faced with very high disease pressure for downy mildew and, later in the season, botrytis. Mild temperatures meant ripening was slow, which in many cases saw an excellent expression of varietal flavours as […]

2011 vintage report for Orange (New South Wales)

Supplied by Charlotte Gundry and David Cumming, Orange Wine Region Growing season: The 2011 vintage was a rather challenging one compared with previous vintages, especially compared with the idyllic 2009 and 2010 vintages. Heavy rain during October to December, combined with low light levels and moderate temperatures, raised disease pressure in the vineyards. Most of […]

2011 vintage report for New England (New South Wales)

Supplied by Deanne Eaton, Deetswood Wines, Tenterfield Growing season: A difficult year right across the New England region. Some growers who had previously been unaffected by frost occurence found themselves with frost damage in mid-October. Early spring rainfall and strong winds impacted on flowering and fruitset and heavy January rain resulted in some vineyards being […]

2011 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Supplied by Liz Riley Growing season: The 2010-11 season commenced as per normal in the Hunter with a late August start for the early varieties, such as Chardonnay, followed by Verdelho, Semillon and Shiraz. The growing season was one of the most challenging in living memory with both the volume and frequency of rain during […]

2011 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

Supplied by Jason O’Dea, president, Cowra Region Vineyard Association Inc. Growing season: Budburst was on time while flowering was wet and cool and up to two weeks late. Post flowering was cool and characterised by showers. High disease pressure, including outbreaks of downy and powdery, affected some varieties. Veraison was even and consistent. White varieties […]

2011 vintage report for Strathbogie Ranges (Victoria)

Supplied by Sam Plunkett, chief winemaker, Plunkett Fowles Growing season: We were delighted to see dams fill over winter. Spring rainfall was well above average with the October, November and December falls all around double the long-term average. The growing season stayed wet with January the wettest on record (records started in Avenel in 1900) […]

2011 vintage report for Pyrenees (Victoria)

Supplied by Pyrenees Grapegrowers’ and Winemakers’ Association Growing season: The 2010-11 season was one of, if not the, wettest season for many years. The district received good rains over a mild winter which provided excellent conditions leading into budburst. A late start to the season (generally two to three weeks late at every stage) and […]

2011 vintage report for Peel (Western Australia)

Supplied by Bernie Worthington, president, Peel Wine Association Growing season: The Peel region, as with most of south west Western Australia, experienced the hottest summer on record with the lowest summer rainfall recorded. This followed one of the driest winters ever recorded. This resulted in a shortened vintage with little or no disease impact. Budburst […]

2011 vintage report for Murray Valley (Victoria)

Supplied by Mark McKenzie, chief executive, Murray Valley Winegrowers Growing season: Vintage 2011 proved the most difficult vintage in the Murray Valley in living memory – even more difficult than the memorably wet 1973-74 vintage season. The 2011 vintage was characterised by cool conditions, heavy rainfall, and rampant fungal disease infections that saw losses of […]

2011 vintage report for Mount Barker (Western Australia)

Supplied by Kim Tyrer, operations manager/owner, Galafrey Wines; president, Mount Barker Wine Producers’ Association Inc. Growing season: It’s been such a weird year with all the disasters in the eastern states. All the state’s vineyard stocks of sulfur, copper and fungicides were shipped east, so in the west we were left short. With January characterised […]

2011 vintage report for Henty (Victoria)

Supplied by Peter Dixon, secretary, Henty Wine Region Association Growing season: Growers reported a challenging season with late flowering, high summer rainfall and cooler summer and autumn conditions. Bigger canopies and wetter conditions resulted in higher disease pressure with growers undertaking summer trimming, bunch thinning and leaf plucking to keep canopies open. Combined with comprehensive […]

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