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2006 vintage report for Wrattonbully (South Australia)

Wrattonbully experienced very favorable growing conditions with a strong spring leading to warm to hot summer with modest (near average) rainfall.
White varieties performed well with solid yields averaging 10-12t/ha, although red varieties were near averages with Cabernet and Shiraz at 7-9t/ha with reduced flower set and some extreme temperatures in late January affecting yields. Merlot yielded well at an average of 10t/ha.
In total it is estimated that 21,000 tonnes were produced this year, of which some 1200 tonnes (6%) may not have found a home.
Generally favorable weather conditions prevented the occurance of any fungal disease or pests. Rain events were modest in relation to other regions which kept canopy vigour at levels which rewarded growers with good growth and ripening conditions right through to a very early vintage.
In most cases vintage finished some 2-3 weeks ahead of usual (by early–mid April), with the warm spring conditions setting up excellent fruit composition and flavour development. This led to a lot of fruit being picked at ideal Baume levels and consequently wines of lower alcohol backed with solid to exceptional fruit flavours.