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Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

Vintage 2014

Vintage 2014 - a wrap up of how the industry is faring around the state.

In the Yarra Valley, early varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay experienced reduced yields but look balanced with great concentration and flavour.

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon have benefitted from a warm, dry finish to the season. All show the hallmark combination of finesse and elegance that is the Yarra Valley.

Rutherglen has produced a very high quality vintage, but yields are down by 80 per cent due to last October's heavy frosts.

Gippsland, generally, had a poor, low cropping vintage with only some varieties slipping through to benefit from the warmer than average summer.

Most growers have reported high crop losses of 40 to 75 percent in Macedon due to cool weather and bird pressure, but are happy with the quality of fruit that has survived to harvest.

Pinot noir has been hit the hardest in the Mornington Peninsula region, where total yields across all varieties were significantly down (producing 35% of usual yields) due to the wet and windy spring flowering conditions. However, all varieties have fared well in terms of quality.

Lastly, please click here to see Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan on the ABC reporting back on the aftermath of the Grampians fires earlier this year.