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2013 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

Vintage generally began in the first week of March in the foothills of the Peninsula, with happy vines that had received a very wet pre-flowering and a mostly dry post-flowering.
The upper hills didn’t get going until mid-March but a week of hot and sunny weather saw everyone scrambling to pick what was left before sugar and flavour rocketed to the overripe.
Disease pressure was low, with only a few blocks being challenged by powdery mildew.
With the last of the fruit being picked early April, the ripening weather has been fantastic, punctuated by only a couple of short dumps of rain,” said Tyson Lewis, chairman of the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association technical committee.
“Chardonnay yields were below average with small berry numbers but excellent quality.”
“Pinot Noir was around average quantity with moderate berry numbers but full and strong clean bunches of excellent quality. Pinot Gris produced an average weight and performance.”
“Although not much was available for sale this year outside of usual relationships, the demand for Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir in particular, continues to rise and prices are reflecting this demand. “