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2015 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

In the Geographe region, vintage commenced earlier than usual with most white varieties and some early ripening red varieties in harvest at the time of the report. After a cool spring, many growers in the area expected vines to slow down, but two weeks of consistently hot weather sped the process up leading to the earliest vintage in recent history. A statement from the Geographe Wine Industry association said wineries were picking seven to 10 days ahead of their normal harvest schedule. Yields for white varieties appeared to be lower than average due to low bunch weights. However, winemakers were saying fruit quality was very good as ripening has progressed evenly through the warm, and particularly dry, summer. Bird pressure, together with higher than normal humidity and late season powdery mildew, had caused some challenges this vintage.
In the Geographe region, vintage commenced earlier than usual with most white varieties and some early ripening red varieties in harvest at the time of the report. After a cool spring, many growers in the area expected vines to slow down, but two weeks of consistently hot weather sped the process up leading to the earliest vintage in recent history. A statement from the Geographe Wine Industry association said wineries were picking seven to 10 days ahead of their normal harvest schedule. Yields for white varieties appeared to be lower than average due to low bunch weights. However, winemakers were saying fruit quality was very good as ripening has progressed evenly through the warm, and particularly dry, summer. Bird pressure, together with higher than normal humidity and late season powdery mildew, had caused some challenges this vintage.

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