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2014 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

Abundant winter and spring rain resulted in vines that commenced the season without stress and consequently led to an even bud burst in the Yarra Valley.
Cool spring conditions resulted in lower than average yields as flowering was inhibited by cool, wet conditions.
The Wine Yarra Valley Technical Sub Committee said the warmth returned in January and harvest dates were on par with a normal year.
After a warm January, the region experienced near perfect conditions for the latter part of ripening.
Moderate days and cool nights resulted in fruit which achieved optimum ripeness and flavours at lower sugar levels.
Early varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay experienced reduced yields but were balanced with great concentration and flavour.
Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon have also benefited from a warm, dry finish to the season.
“All exhibit the hallmark combination of finesse and elegance that is the Yarra Valley,” the committee said in a statement to Grapegrower & Winemaker.

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