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2014 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

According to AHA Viticulture director Jim Campbell-Clause who spoke on behalf of the Geographe Wine Association, seasonal weather conditions were conducive to maintain a consistent yield and high quality fruit. Early winter was drier than usual but by late July to early spring, conditions were wet which set up good soil moisture. “Spring conditions were […]

2014 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

After good winter rain, the 2014 season kicked off with 30mm of rain just before budburst which vineyard owners described as a “perfect beginning”. But Rosnay Organic Wines’ Sam Statham said the region’s excitement was chilled by two frost events in late October which decimated many vineyards. “Reds that were cropped reasonably where not frost […]

2014 vintage report for Coonawarra (South Australia)

Winter was the second wettest in the past 28 years which provided a very welcome recharge to the underground aquifer. Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated president and Wynns Coonawarra Estate regional vineyard manager Allen Jenkins said spring rainfall was high, almost double the long term average. Flowering from late November to mid-December was cold, similar […]

2014 vintage report for Coal River Valley (Tasmania)

The Coal River Valley had excellent winter and spring rainfall according to Pooley Wines’ winemaker Anna Pooley. Flowering was somewhat hampered in parts of the region by wind resulting in patchy fruitset and lower yields but with cool nights and sunny, mild days, quality looked promising for Pooley Wines. At the time of this report […]

2014 vintage report for Clare Valley (South Australia)

Although the Clare Valley wine industry had been challenged this season, vintage 2014 is set to deliver some top quality wines, according to Clare Valley Winemakers Incorporated president Neil Paulett and Clare Regional Winegrape Growers Association president Troy van Dulken. The season began with a mild spring with very little frost or rain, followed by […]

2014 vintage report for Barossa (including Eden Valley)

The 2014 Barossa vintage proved the ability of both winegrapes and people to thrive under challenging circumstances. According to The Yalumba Wine Company’s head of winemaking, Louisa Rose, viticulturists have done an “amazing job” looking after the vineyards as Mother Nature threw a few curve balls their way. “Good winter and early spring rains filled […]

2014 vintage report for Adelaide Hills (South Australia)

A very warm spring signalled the start of an unusual season for the Adelaide Hills wine region. The early budburst was followed by periods of unseasonably cold weather with windy conditions and dewy mornings and occasional bursts of hot weather. According to the Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) Technical Committee convenor Richard Hamilton, a small […]

2013 vintage report for Yarra Valley (Victoria)

Vintage 2013 in the Yarra Valley receives an overall rating of ‘excellent’, according to Richard Howden, CEO of Yarra Valley Wine Growers Association. “Warm and dry growing conditions were fairly consistent throughout the season and extended through to mid-April – ideal conditions for all varieties,” he said. “While yields were down, the wines are showing […]

2013 vintage report for Tasmania

The Tasmanian vintage started in late February and, by mid-April, was yet to finish, with both whites and reds still on the vine. Wine Tasmania industry development officer David Sanderson said yields had been average to heavy, with more and larger bunches than the previous season. “This does not imply overcropping, as Tasmanian yields are […]

2013 vintage report for Swan Valley (Western Australia)

Ideal weather conditions both leading up to and during the harvest season has resulted in grapes of high quality and intense flavour, according to Julie Church of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association. “Low rainfall this summer has meant disease has been non-existent, resulting in fruit of a consistently high standard,” she said. She […]

2013 vintage report for Southern Flinders (South Australia)

Growers in the Southern Flinders began picking whites on 4 February and reds – including Merlot, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – on the 14th of the same month. By 21 February, the harvest at Baroota in the Coastal Plains was complete. Growers at Bundaleer, near Jamestown, picked about 10 days earlier than usual for Shiraz […]

2013 vintage report for South Queensland

Growers in southern Queensland started harvesting white varieties –Verdelho, Chardonnay and Viognier – in the first week of January. In some cases, harvesting was undertaken early due to the threat of rain and disease, particularly downy mildew. Harvesting of red varieties – mostly Shiraz, Chambourcin, Merlot, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon – started in late January […]

2013 vintage report for Riverland (South Australia)

The Riverland has produced a very successful vintage, according to Riverland Wine Grapes Association Chris Byrne, who characterises the vintage as showing good demand, yields and quality. “Reports from winemakers are that they are very pleased with much of the quality wine product,” Byrne said. Though varied, yields are estimated to be about 400,000t overall […]

2013 vintage report for Riverina (New South Wales)

The Riverina vintage started in the second week of January, earlier than the normal Australia Day start, due to light-cropping Chardonnay blocks. The majority of the harvest was complete by the end of March, with only the botrytis Semillon remaining in vineyards. Conditions were ideal throughout the harvest, bar two rain events and the heatwave, […]

2013 vintage report for Perricoota

The dry growing season along with high water allocations have given Perricoota growers the ability to grow vines that were in good balance for vintage 2013. Pest and diseases were easily controlled, and the only losses experienced were to birds at the tail end of the season. Perricoota Grape Growers Association president Michael Gray said […]

2013 vintage report for Pemberton (Western Australia)

A hot, dry summer with January temperatures at 3?C above the mean maximum temperature saw fruit being picked up to 10 days earlier than usual in Pemberton. Whites and reds were both harvested earlier compared with previous years, and reports are that fruit quality is exceptional. “By all reports, the 2013 vintage was a season […]

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