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2014 vintage report for Pemberton (Western Australia)

The Pemberton wine region experienced a good growing season with favourable conditions, near perfect weather during flowering and low disease pressure.
Salitage Wines winemaker Patrick Coutts said the region experienced heavy Marri blossom which meant bird pressure was relatively low.
As the season progressed, bird pressure had increased and those with late varieties saw slight damage.
Vintage commenced a week early for most vineyards and a range of wineries looked to lower sugar levels at harvest.
“There were good flavours early in the ripening cycle combined with some climate factors,” Coutts said.
“February and March were cooler and drier than normal with few days over 30C which was a positive for stretching the picking window and acid retention.”
According to Coutts, yields were at a normal level but when compared to the past three or four seasons, they were higher than what has been previously harvested.
He said the consensus was that the whites and Pinot Noirs looked the best and at the time of this report (7 April), the later varieties were yet to be picked but were in good condition.