Friday, February 22, 2013

Vintage 2013

Things are happening – fast.  In Victoria yields are down, dramatically in many cases.  Berries and bunches are small, and the combination of over two months without range, and the generally ideal ripening conditions, means that the ripening process has broken into a full gallop.  In 2008 all varieties seemed to ripen at the same time, but with an above-average crop.  This year points to the same compression of vintage across all varieties, but at least the lower than forecast yields will give wineries some chance of taking in the grapes when they are ripe (not over-ripe).

Across in South Australia, all of the regions of the Limestone Coast have had a great growing season, and with the adequate water supply that all those regions enjoy, yields will be close to normal.  North of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is confronting a very small vintage, again early, but with some of the berries and bunches so small that they are unlikely to be picked.  Much the same is true of the Clare Valley, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills.  Tasmania marches on in its own way, and, to a degree, so does Western Australia.

On the face of it, the total vintage this year will be significantly down.  How much depends entirely on the amount of fruit from the Riverina and Riverland areas.


Calum Maxwell said...

Great to hear they have had a terrific season, we should see some really good wine this year.


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Anonymous said...


Good crops at Paradise IV this year, better than 2012 and chardonnay at 19-20 brix. We have had two bursts of rain over the past three weeks - the first 20mm and the latest 15mm. All on track for a very good vintage if the weather holds through out March.
Douglas Neal

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