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2014 vintage report for South Burnett (Queensland)

South Burnett Wine Industry Association president Jason Kinsella said there was only one word to describe the 2014 vintage in the region – dry.
The region commenced 2013 with record floods throughout January and February followed by the driest year in European settlement, with the South Burnett receiving little or no rain for the entire year.
“Fortunately our groundwater supplies were at maximum capacity from the flooding and this allowed adequate irrigation,” he said.
“The South Burnett has probably taken the crown for the first pick in Australia for 2014 with large areas of Verdelho picked Christmas Eve and the majority of vintage wrapped up by late January.”
Fruit quality was exceptional and the complete absence of rain allowed growers the luxury of picking at the optimal time.
He said Verdelho, Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Merlot were stand outs and the wines were looking great.
“Having said this, the greatest excitement this year has been the excellent results achieved with the new plantings of Saperavi,” he said.
Results have exceeded expectations and have repaid the South Burnett’s faith in the Mediterranean varieties planted in recent years.
“All in all an exceptional vintage in the South Burnett but with all growers conceding that perhaps a little rain during the season is not always a bad thing.”