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Contributed by Paul Lesock, secretary, Ballarat and District Vignerons Association.
Growing season: Good, even budburst and ideal weather during flowering and fruitset were a feature of this years season. Some vineyards were troubled by late frosts and it was essential to apply the necessary powdery mildew sprays. The region experienced good December rains of 50-60mm which greatly assisted vine growth and crop development.
Vintage: After a very hot February, members were expecting another early beginning to vintage i.e. mid to late March as in previous years, but conditions were much milder during March, so vintage began first week of April finishing early May.
Yields and quality: Due to the lack of water (not able to finish-off crop), yields were again 30-40% below expectations. However, flavours and the condition of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were delightful. Hopefully this will result in promising 2009 wines.