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Chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz all looking promising

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 Geelong's bonus for the 2017/2018 growing season was some rains in late summer/early autumn of 2017.

This set up a strong growing season for 2018 harvest with plenty of sub soil moisture and full dams.

Budburst occurred slightly later than the ‘norm’ with expectation early in the season that harvest would be slightly later than 2017. As is often found, the vines naturally caught up in the ensuing months, with the 2018 harvest dates the same as in 2017.

A lack of rainfall made growers heavily reliant on sub-surface moisture and stored water sources during the growing season.

The highlight of the growing season was the incredibly fast flowering, with bunches good size and full with most expecting above-average cropping levels. This lead to some required green harvest and shoot thinning to provide balanced vines.

Harvest kicked off mid to late February for sparkling base then by mid-April the last of the cabernet was picked.

Overall, a strong vintage across the board is suggested with chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz looking very promising.

Wines in oak and tank look vibrant, with good acidity and freshness.

Report provided by WIne Geelong

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  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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