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Vintage 2013 started early in Peel, with a number of vineyards commencing in the third week of January during the hottest summer recorded in Western Australia.
Peel Wine Association president Bernie Worthington said yields on whites were down about 20% on average and, despite heat causing some sunburn, quality was overall excellent.
He said red wine production was at usual levels although there were occasional issues with uneven ripening, possibly due to heavy rain during late spring and some resultant secondary growth.
Some of the red wines seemed to ripen out of sequence to the usual patterns. Heavy rain in early March and again in late March caused some delays in harvest to some growers and as a result the harvest in a number of vineyards was not completed until early April, again the latest ever, he said.
He said the overall quality this year was outstanding.
The fruit was disease-free, clean, uniform and fully ripened at harvest. The mild start to the season, the steady increase in summer temperatures and good canopy management to shade the fruit resulted in a very satisfactory harvest for 2013.