Vintage Reports, Years: 2013

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2013 vintage report for Blackwood Valley (Western Australia)

The 2013 harvest for white varieties got off to an early start in the first few weeks of February in the Blackwood Valley, following warm conditions in January. Despite the reasonably quick ripening time, quality in the whites was outstanding, said Kirsten Skraha, president of the Blackwood Valley Wine Industry Association. “Unseasonal wet weather during […]

2013 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

Coonawarra has experienced an excellent vintage which was characterised by a warm, dry summer and then a cool autumn. “After a warm and fast flowering period, we saw an even set with high berry numbers per bunch. The excellent set necessitated significant fruit thinning at veraison which was advanced by approximately a week by the […]

2013 vintage report for Riverland (South Australia)

The Riverland has produced a very successful vintage, according to Riverland Wine Grapes Association Chris Byrne, who characterises the vintage as showing good demand, yields and quality. “Reports from winemakers are that they are very pleased with much of the quality wine product,” Byrne said. Though varied, yields are estimated to be about 400,000t overall […]

2013 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

The 2013 Langhorne Creek vintage kicked off in the first week of February and progressed at a fast and furious pace, leaving only a small amount of late-harvest varieties by the end of March. The season began with excellent soil moisture profiles across the district thanks to good winter and early spring rains which supported […]

2013 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

Like the major NSW wine regions, McLaren Vale also had an early start to the 2013 vintage, which finished by the end of March. Chardonnay was harvested from the middle of February, with Shiraz beginning at the end of February. By the first week of March, a large percentage of the district had already been […]

2013 vintage report for Eden Valley (South Australia)

The dry, early and quick vintage was also experienced in the Eden Valley, with harvest beginning in mid-February with Riesling and other white varieties. Nine days above 30°C in early March (the third longest run ever of above 30°C days in March), meant that much of the Eden Valley Riesling and Shiraz ripened early and […]

2013 vintage report for Barossa Valley (South Australia)

The 2013 vintage in the Barossa Valley will be remembered as the driest, earliest and quickest vintage in memory. Nigel Blieschke, chair of the Barossa Viticulture Technical Group, Louisa Rose, chief winemaker at Yalumba, and Nicky Robins, viticultural development officer of the Barossa Grape and Wine Association, agreed that the 2012-13 growing season was extremely […]

2013 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

Harvest started about a week early in the Cowra region, with Chardonnay being harvested around 14 February. Jason O’Dea of Windowrie Estate said the region experienced a warm dry finish to the year, except for one significant rain event in mid-February, when 30-80mm of rain was reported across the region. “This delayed harvest for around […]

2013 vintage report for Mudgee (New South Wales)

With an ideal growing season, Mudgee vignerons were very optimistic about their fruit for vintage 2013, according to Robert Stein winemaker, Jacob Stein. “Mild temperatures and mainly dry weather was happily accepted, with widespread rain events scattered throughout the season, ensuring balanced crop levels and ideal grapegrowing conditions,” he said. “Fortunately the rain events during […]

2013 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

The Riverina vintage started in the second week of January, earlier than the normal Australia Day start, due to light-cropping Chardonnay blocks. The majority of the harvest was complete by the end of March, with only the botrytis Semillon remaining in vineyards. Conditions were ideal throughout the harvest, bar two rain events and the heatwave, […]

2013 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

The 2013 Hunter vintage commenced earlier than expected, with harvesting starting in mid-January. Crops were down by about one-third on average as a result of a dry growing season, with only 90mm of rain from September to mid-January. The reds were harvested throughout February with three rain events totalling 150mm. Conditions between rain events were […]

2013 vintage report for Geelong (Victoria)

Despite high temperatures and minimal rainfall, Geelong vignerons are excited about what looks to be an outstanding vintage. “Without exception, fruit quality has been excellent and varietal intensity impressive from this year’s harvest,” said Hugh Hull, Geelong Winegrowers Association (GWA) viticultural executive. “Climatic influences enabled optimum sugar levels to be reached, balanced with sound acid […]

2013 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

As with 2012, vintage in the Clare Valley was very early. The first grapes were harvested in the third week in January in the southern end of the valley for sparkling base, and the first table wine grapes (Chardonnay and Semillon) were harvested in the first week of February. The seasonal conditions experienced over the […]

2013 vintage report for Southern Flinders (South Australia)

Growers in the Southern Flinders began picking whites on 4 February and reds – including Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – on the 14th of the same month. By 21 February, the harvest at Baroota in the Coastal Plains was complete. Growers at Bundaleer, near Jamestown, picked about 10 days earlier than usual for Shiraz […]

2013 vintage report for Padthaway (South Australia)

Padthaway’s 23 producers commenced vintage in the first week of February and finished in the first week of April, according to Treasury Wine Estates vineyard manager David Edwards. Dry conditions allowed growers to manage vine health by irrigation and allowed growers to benefit with no disease pressure. Edwards said the most important period in the […]

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