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Vines in the Geelong wine region

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Good rains in winter and spring set the scene for a strong vintage providing plenty of sub surface water reserves for the vines.

Burst occurred at a ‘normal’ time for the region with all developmental stages following suite.

A good rain event in December 2018 provided reason to maintain the optimism rolling into the Christmas period.

Alas, that was the last of the rain for the season with a miserly 20mm total for the next 4 months placing vignerons under intense pressure.

Harvest kicked off mid to late Feb 2019 for sparkling base then continued to be fast and furious for the next 4 weeks easing up mid to late March.

Lack of available water resulted in early ripening and modest crops for some. Those with adequate water were able to nurse the vines through some intense heat late February, early March providing fruit with intensity and structure.

A strong vintage to be sure with some outstanding chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz.

Wines in oak and tank look vibrant and structured with likely long futures compared with ethereal 2018’s now in bottle. Intriguing!!

This report written by Darren Burke, Wine Geelong Viticulturalist


  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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