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2001 vintage report for Pemberton (Western Australia)

‘Once again a very good vintage,’ said Patrick Coutts, president of the Pemberton Wine Region Association. Yields appear to be up significantly on those of the low-yielding 2000 vintage and are similar to yields of the 1999 vintage, if not slightly higher. ‘Reasons for the increase include the bi-annual fluctuations in yield from young vines. However spring was ideal and we appear to have had an excellent set and fuller bunches than normal,’ Patrick said. Disease pressure in the region was very low and the major threat to fruit quality was bird damage. The 2001 reds appear to fall between the styles of 1999 and 2000. Patrick said early assessments rate the quality as very good to excellent. A large part of the variability related to harvest decisions: some of the later ripening fruit attained high sugars early in April but required up to a fortnight to overcome herbal flavours. ‘Those patient enough have fully ripe fruit with excellent intensity; the impatient have wine with good alcohol but a green tannin edge,’ Patrick said. He rated the 2001 whites as also very good to excellent.