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2013 vintage report for Riverland (South Australia)

The Riverland has produced a very successful vintage, according to Riverland Wine Grapes Association Chris Byrne, who characterises the vintage as showing good demand, yields and quality.
“Reports from winemakers are that they are very pleased with much of the quality wine product,” Byrne said.
Though varied, yields are estimated to be about 400,000t overall – a small reduction on last year’s 411,000t figure.
Chardonnay was down but some of the red varieties, particularly Merlot, were up.
“It’s been very low pest and disease year because of the long dry period. It was a high water-use year and irrigators had to irrigate more than they would in a normal year,” Byrne said.
“We didn’t have an extreme heatwave but it was a sustained warm growing period and a very compressed vintage.”
Byrne said, for the third year running, there was a small increase in prices for grapes.

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