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2013 vintage report for Peel (Western Australia)

Vintage 2013 started early in Peel, with a number of vineyards commencing in the third week of January during the hottest summer recorded in Western Australia. Peel Wine Association president Bernie Worthington said yields on whites were down about 20% on average and, despite heat causing some sunburn, quality was overall excellent. He said red […]

2013 vintage report for Padthaway (South Australia)

Padthaway’s 23 producers commenced vintage in the first week of February and finished in the first week of April, according to Treasury Wine Estates vineyard manager David Edwards. Dry conditions allowed growers to manage vine health by irrigation and allowed growers to benefit with no disease pressure. Edwards said the most important period in the […]

2013 vintage report for Mudgee (New South Wales)

With an ideal growing season, Mudgee vignerons were very optimistic about their fruit for vintage 2013, according to Robert Stein winemaker, Jacob Stein. “Mild temperatures and mainly dry weather was happily accepted, with widespread rain events scattered throughout the season, ensuring balanced crop levels and ideal grapegrowing conditions,” he said. “Fortunately the rain events during […]

2013 vintage report for Mount Barker (Western Australia)

While tonnage is slightly down across the Mount Barker wine region, intense fruit-driven wines are expected from the 2013 vintage. This year’s vintage is one of the quickest brought on by the warm weather and dry conditions, according to Mt Barker Wine Producers Association president and Galafrey chief executive officer Kim Tyrer. By 15 April, […]

2013 vintage report for Mornington Peninsula (Victoria)

Vintage generally began in the first week of March in the foothills of the Peninsula, with happy vines that had received a very wet pre-flowering and a mostly dry post-flowering. The upper hills didn’t get going until mid-March but a week of hot and sunny weather saw everyone scrambling to pick what was left before […]

2013 vintage report for McLaren Vale (South Australia)

Like the major NSW wine regions, McLaren Vale also had an early start to the 2013 vintage, which finished by the end of March. Chardonnay was harvested from the middle of February, with Shiraz beginning at the end of February. By the first week of March, a large percentage of the district had already been […]

2013 vintage report for Margaret River (Western Australia)

Vintage 2013 has lower than forecast yields, reflecting a return to an average year when compared with the bumper 2012 harvest, especially for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon. By the end of March, the whites had been completed. Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends were impacted by the cooler spring with Chardonnay also affected somewhat, with high […]

2013 vintage report for Langhorne Creek (South Australia)

The 2013 Langhorne Creek vintage kicked off in the first week of February and progressed at a fast and furious pace, leaving only a small amount of late-harvest varieties by the end of March. The season began with excellent soil moisture profiles across the district thanks to good winter and early spring rains which supported […]

2013 vintage report for Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

The 2013 Hunter vintage commenced earlier than expected, with harvesting starting in mid-January. Crops were down by about one-third on average as a result of a dry growing season, with only 90mm of rain from September to mid-January. The reds were harvested throughout February with three rain events totalling 150mm. Conditions between rain events were […]

2013 vintage report for Henty (Victoria)

Overall crop levels in the Henty wine region were down on average in the range of 10-25%, according to Henty Wine Region Association secretary Peter Dixon. Around Hamilton and Tarrington in the north of the region, growing season conditions were drier and hotter than average with Hamilton recording its driest spring/summer on record. Many growers […]

2013 vintage report for Granite Belt (Queensland)

The 2013 vintage on the Granite Belt got off to a great start in early February with high anticipation of a bumper harvest following early good rain. The whites started being harvested without problem and are showing good varietal characters, while the reds were harvested with more difficulty. “The reds started with unseasonal heat that […]

2013 vintage report for Goulburn Valley (Victoria)

Only two words are needed to describe vintage 2013 in the Goulburn Valley: ‘hot’ and ‘dry’. That’s according to Neil Larson, secretary for the Goulburn Valley Wine Association, and winemaker at Tahbilk winery. “The flipside is that we had very few disease concerns – a welcome relief after the wakeup call that was 2011,” he […]

2013 vintage report for Geographe (Western Australia)

The Geograph grape harvesting commenced in mid-January, with the first fruit harvested being Verdelho followed by Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and then Chenin Blanc. The majority of the red varieties grown in the region were very different; some of the earlier ripening varieties, such as rose, were picked in early March but most were delayed […]

2013 vintage report for Geelong (Victoria)

Despite high temperatures and minimal rainfall, Geelong vignerons are excited about what looks to be an outstanding vintage. “Without exception, fruit quality has been excellent and varietal intensity impressive from this year’s harvest,” said Hugh Hull, Geelong Winegrowers Association (GWA) viticultural executive. “Climatic influences enabled optimum sugar levels to be reached, balanced with sound acid […]

2013 vintage report for Eden Valley (South Australia)

The dry, early and quick vintage was also experienced in the Eden Valley, with harvest beginning in mid-February with Riesling and other white varieties. Nine days above 30°C in early March (the third longest run ever of above 30°C days in March), meant that much of the Eden Valley Riesling and Shiraz ripened early and […]

2013 vintage report for Cowra (New South Wales)

Harvest started about a week early in the Cowra region, with Chardonnay being harvested around 14 February. Jason O’Dea of Windowrie Estate said the region experienced a warm dry finish to the year, except for one significant rain event in mid-February, when 30-80mm of rain was reported across the region. “This delayed harvest for around […]

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