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2013 vintage report for Swan Valley (Western Australia)

Ideal weather conditions both leading up to and during the harvest season has resulted in grapes of high quality and intense flavour, according to Julie Church of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association.

“Low rainfall this summer has meant disease has been non-existent, resulting in fruit of a consistently high standard,” she said.

She said Verdelho, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are looking sensational, with some dry whites already in the bottle, while Shiraz, Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Grenache are showing intense colour with deep and complex flavours.

Vintage in the Swan Valley commenced in the third week and January and, apart from a few fortifieds, concluded in the first week of April.
Production from the Swan Valley is expected to be in the vicinity of 5000 tonnes.
Church said growers were pleased with prices received for fruit as wineries were pleased to pay for quality.

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