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Greg Follett of the Langhorne Creek Winemakers Association said the Shiraz and Chardonnay crops were down substantially, mainly due to yearly evening out after very good crops in 1996. The Cabernet Sauvignon yield was about average. Vintage started about 10 February, which was normal for the region. Weather during vintage was dry, with a cool March and warm April. No disease problems were encountered. Greg said the hot weather in February may have affected the quality of the whites. Vines shut down and acid levels dropped. However he still expected good quality wines. He described the vintage quality for reds as ‘good to very good’ with consistent wines from both young and older vineyards.