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Vintage 2013 in the Yarra Valley receives an overall rating of excellent, according to Richard Howden, CEO of Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association.
Warm and dry growing conditions were fairly consistent throughout the season and extended through to mid-April ideal conditions for all varieties, he said.
While yields were down, the wines are showing full and balanced flavour with a great depth of colour. All varieties have performed well in the excellent conditions however the standouts are Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay.
For most wineries, harvest commenced in mid-February. Things became a little more active in the run into March with a number of varieties ripening at the same time. There was a flurry of activity in early March with a good percentage of fruit being harvested and tucked away in the winery by end of the month.
Howden said overall crops were down 10- 20%.
This was primarily due to smaller berries and lighter bunch weight. On the positive side this resulted in more concentrated flavours and vibrant colour, he said.