Vintage 2013 - McLaren Vale
Author: MVCellars Date Posted:22 May 2013
The season was successful with no rain interrupting the quick harvest. Harvesting grapes was completed by the end of March and with all of the fruit safely into wineries by Easter the industry was grateful for a holiday break.
Chardonnay was harvested from the middle of February with shiraz beginning at the end of February. By the first week of March a large percentage of the district had already been harvested. Harvested yields were 10-30% down from what was expected.
As well as being dry, there was effectively no rainfall for three months from December; it was also notable for being a warm summer.
In the background it was officially announced to be the warmest summer experienced in Australia since records began and this explains the rapid ripening seen locally.
The weather presented some challenges, but also had some advantages. Disease levels were the lowest for many years and fruit was very clean.
Demand for McLaren Vale fruit was high, due to low crops which are typical in dry seasons, but also because of the regions reputation for consistent quality.
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