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2013 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

The Geograph grape harvesting commenced in mid-January, with the first fruit harvested being Verdelho followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and then Chenin Blanc.
The majority of the red varieties grown in the region were very different; some of the earlier ripening varieties, such as rose, were picked in early March but most were delayed and were not picked until late March. Grenache, Shiraz and Merlot were first, and were followed by Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon in early April.
Geograph Wine Industry Association president Sue Ward said crops were average to low in volume.
“Chardonnay and Semillon were average, while Sauvignon Blanc and other white varieties were very low due to the wet and windy weather during flowering which reduced the fruitset and lower bunch weights,” Ward said.
“The upside has been that the flavour and quality of the whites has being excellent with good acid retention.”
She said the main red varieties had reasonable crops with good bunch sizes and great quality.