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2013 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Vintage 2013 has lower than forecast yields, reflecting a return to an average year when compared with the bumper 2012 harvest, especially for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon.

By the end of March, the whites had been completed. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends were impacted by the cooler spring with Chardonnay also affected somewhat, with high winds during flowering likely to have played a part.

With almost ideal weather conditions for whites, wineries are reporting exceptional fruit showing intense varietal flavours that are typical of Margaret River.

By mid-March, Cabernet Sauvignon was ripening steadily, with the cornerstone blackcurrant characters appearing in the fruit.

Margaret River Wine Industry Association CEO Nick Power said cooler conditions had allowed tannins to ripe in sync with the fruit character.

“Year 2013 should exhibit a wonderful balance in the resulting wines, something for which Margaret River is well known,” he said.

A large amount of Marri blossom through the region has meant bird damage from Silvereyes has been minimal.

In addition there has been little disease pressure because of the ideal growing conditions.