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2014 vintage report for Grampians (Victoria)

The Grampians’ defining features of the season included a cold snap during flowering and mild, benign weather conditions although very dry, according to Mount Langi Ghiran general manager and viticulturist Damien Sheehan.
The heatwaves came before veraison but were without harsh northerly winds.
“Most growers were on the front foot and protected their fruit quite well so minimal damage was reported,” he said.
Harvest conditions were mild to warm and the autumn break came early and freshened vineyards to complete the harvest.
Yield results were against expectations and were variable and below average due to the cold and wet period during flowering.
Sheehan said winemakers were extremely happy with the region’s signature varieties including Riesling and Shiraz.
“The acids held up and the timing of veraison after the heatwaves worked in our favour,” he added.
“The Shiraz was very aromatic with incredible depth of colour and the yields were much better than Riesling but was still below expectation.”
The harvest timing was later than 2013 and at the time of this report (14 April), Sheehan said he was still busy picking.