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The Grampians saw blue skies and sunshine in the lead up to the vintage, with some lovely top up rains that refreshed the vines, according to Manon Houg from Mount Langi Ghiran and Grampians Wine spokesperson.
It was a pleasant summer without the heat of previous years, Houg said. The vintage was surprisingly early given the mild summer.
Houg said the vines held on to their leaves well and the fruit ripened clearly with exceptional flavours.
I think we are talking about a 10/10 vintage for Reds and 9/10 for whites, as flavours and pHs are in balance and conditions dry, she said. It feels like 1990 again, a patient hurry with little or no bird attack.