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With new vineyards coming on line the Mornington Peninsula region experienced its biggest harvest to date, with an increase of 30% in yield over last year, said Keith Harris of the region’s vignerons’ association. A wetter than average spring was followed by a long, hot and dry summer/autumn until the third week in April when a major rain event caused some crop loss. Early disease pressure was overcome with proper canopy management and planned spray programs. Keith said the hot dry summer saw good fruitset and very good crop levels. Shoot and fruit thinning was required to achieve the desired crop levels. He described the resultant wines, both red and white, as excellent. ‘All wineries were working to capacity, but harvest labour was plentiful,’ he said.