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Contributed by Cathy Gairn, Tumbarumba Vignerons Association
Growing season: Rainfall for the season was 906mm with good rains in early February. Budburst took place in mid-September with one major frost event occurring in October affecting some vineyards. An isolated hail event on 18 December also affected two vineyards. The majority of vineyards in Tumbarumba survived the heatwave with no detrimental effects on fruit quality, due to good canopy structure and water supply.
Vintage: With budburst occurring in mid-September, vines pushed away well with good strong growth. Flowering took place in early to mid-November. Harvest commenced on 18 February and was completed by 31 March. This was a relatively average season for the district with 30% of the fruit being processed for sparkling fruit and the balance for table wines.
Yields and quality: The total yield for the district was 1900t, with the average for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 12t/ha and 10t/ha, respectively. Standout varieties within the district were Chardonnay for both table and sparkling wine with citrus and melon flavours. Sauvignon Blanc was also of a high standard, producing wines of fine quality with good varietal characters. Pinot Noir was grown for both sparkling and table wine showing forest floor and berry flavours.