Vintage Reports, Years: 2014

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2014 vintage report for Heathcote (Victoria)

According to Heathcote Winegrowers Association president Phil Meehan, the region experienced severe frost during spring but those affected still came out on top, producing yet another high quality vintage. Some yields were below expectations due to very warm climatic conditions which also made bunches considerably smaller. “It was also a year of medium to high […]

2014 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

According to Mornington Peninsula Vignerons executive offer Cheryl Lee, good winter and early spring rainfall recharged soil moisture and filled dams at the beginning of the growing season, making it difficult to get tractors into the fields. But exceptionally cold and windy conditions in late October and early November through flowering resulted in poor fruitset […]

2014 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

Abundant winter and spring rain resulted in vines that commenced the season without stress and consequently led to an even bud burst in the Yarra Valley. Cool spring conditions resulted in lower than average yields as flowering was inhibited by cool, wet conditions. The Wine Yarra Valley Technical Sub Committee said the warmth returned in […]

2014 vintage report for Grampians (Victoria)

The Grampians’ defining features of the season included a cold snap during flowering and mild, benign weather conditions although very dry, according to Mount Langi Ghiran general manager and viticulturist Damien Sheehan. The heatwaves came before veraison but were without harsh northerly winds. “Most growers were on the front foot and protected their fruit quite […]

2014 vintage report for Swan Valley (Western Australia)

According to Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association president Duncan Harris, vintage commenced in the second week of January and concluded by the first quarter of April with tonnage sitting at 5000. Ideal weather conditions brought the region above average with even-ripening yields due to belated rain in September. Some growers reported a 10 to […]

2014 vintage report for Tasmania

Wine Tasmania industry development and extension officer David Sanderson said the 2014 vintage was expected to result in strong quality with reduced yields following last year’s record high. “The vintage started well, with excellent soil moisture and even bud burst but some areas suffered frost damage in spring,” he said. “Overall weather was conducive to […]

2014 vintage report for Rutherglen (Victoria)

Vintage in Rutherglen got away to an early start with many picking in the first week of February, attributable to the heat in January and low crop loads as a result of frost in mid-October. Cofield senior winemaker and proprietor Damien Cofield said picking continued fairly constantly for the rest of vintage, baring small rain […]

2014 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

This year presented perfect ripening conditions in the Hunter with heavy November rains, followed by sunshine without any 40C-plus days. Little rain throughout January and February allowed winemakers to harvest the fruit at optimum ripeness, rather than being dictated by the possibility of inclement weather. According to the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association, all […]

2014 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

Winter was the second wettest in the past 28 years which provided a very welcome recharge to the underground aquifer. Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated president and Wynns Coonawarra Estate regional vineyard manager Allen Jenkins said spring rainfall was high, almost double the long term average. Flowering from late November to mid-December was cold, similar […]

2014 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

This year the Langhorne Creek wine region experienced a “later than usual” vintage. At the end of January the first harvesters rattled into life to begin the sparkling base intake and in late April the final loads of red grapes reached the wineries. According to Langhorne Creek Wine Region executive officer Lian Jaensch, it has […]

2014 vintage report for Adelaide Hills (South Australia)

A very warm spring signalled the start of an unusual season for the Adelaide Hills wine region. The early budburst was followed by periods of unseasonably cold weather with windy conditions and dewy mornings and occasional bursts of hot weather. According to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) Technical Committee convenor Richard Hamilton, a small […]

2014 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

A wet beginning to the season with an average winter rainfall of 300-350mm did not persist with little rain received after November. A dry spring ensured the traditional low disease risk in McLaren Vale prevailed yet again. But the impact of summer was felt in McLaren Vale with two major heatwaves in January testing grapevine […]

2014 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

According to AHA Viticulture director Jim Campbell-Clause who spoke on behalf of the Geographe Wine Association, seasonal weather conditions were conducive to maintain a consistent yield and high quality fruit. Early winter was drier than usual but by late July to early spring, conditions were wet which set up good soil moisture. “Spring conditions were […]

2014 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

Although the Clare Valley wine industry had been challenged this season, vintage 2014 is set to deliver some top quality wines, according to Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated president Neil Paulett and Clare Regional Winegrape Growers Association president Troy van Dulken. The season began with a mild spring with very little frost or rain, followed by […]

2014 vintage report for Peel (Western Australia)

Vintage 2014 started early in Peel with a number of vineyards commencing in the third week of January during a very hot summer in Western Australia. According to Peel Wine Association president Bernie Worthington, yields on whites were average and despite heat causing some sunburn, quality was excellent overall. He said red wine production was […]

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