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A rough start led to perfect ripening conditions for all varieties

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Climatically the 2018 vintage in the Pyrenees region of Victoria had a  challenging start. A late November frost did significant damage to low lying vineyards, while a hot and dry January impacted non-irrigated vineyards.

Weather moderated thereafter lead into perfect ripening conditions. This enabled the quality of fruit overall to be exceptional for most varieties.

Harvest started mid-February with sparkling and white varieties chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc picked a little earlier than normal, to help retain natural acid.

The compacted season also had red fruit such as shiraz and tempranillo being picked late February.

Other main varieties including cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and grenache were mostly harvested through March, with a few cooler sites harvested in April.

Fruit flavours in reds were strong with moderate acid but great colour.

In general, vintage 2018 #V18 will be regarded as a high-quality year in the Pyrenees region of western Victoria. 

 

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  • Pyrenees (VIC)

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