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Vignerons report a positive and plentiful harvest

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McLaren Vale's vignerons are reporting a positive and plentiful harvest.

The growing season was particularly early thanks to warm dry weather in late 2015 and just enough rainfall in late January to give vines a good boost leading into the harvest period, with white varieties ripening soon after,

Winemakers throughout the region have identified excellent skin colour, varietal expression and natural acidity in wines now in production –with many commenting about an exciting and encouraging season.

Managing Director and CEO of McLaren Vale's Wirra Wirra Vineyards, Andrew Kay, has his vintage crew working quickly under similar conditions to 2015.

"Vintage 2016 is came at us in a similar compressed time frame to last year. Quality across McLaren Vale reds looks very strong. Fruit is showing wonderful flavour development and mild acidity at low baume levels which has seen a number of blocks coming off a little earlier than might be the norm," said Mr Kay.

Derek Cameron and James Hook, local viticulturists and founders of DJ's Growers, are confident 2016 heralds a high-quality vintage.

"The vines are in excellent condition at present and grape quality is holding well, also looks to be picking well with average yields expected," said Mr Cameron.

"The wine community is optimistic about the season and the grape harvest will be complete before Easter," said Mr Hook.

Jock Harvey, Chalk Hill Wines' viticulturist, has experienced more than forty of the region's vintages, with 2016 reported as one of the best he's seen.

"We sit up on cusp of the most exciting harvest in memory," said Mr Harvey.

"We've had a season characterised by a dry winter and mild summer with the rare combination of background humidity and extended veraison - all signs that point to a healthy vintage."

Weather conditions remained favourable over the lead up and the early weeks of harvest with warmer weather and minimal rainfall – ideal for veraison and grape development.

A refreshing summer rain and cool finish to the season with fresh mornings and mild evenings has resulted in fruit high in natural acid, deep purple and brick red colours and flavour well ahead of sugar ripeness.

Given the exciting start to McLaren Vale's 2016 vintage, the region's reputation for producing textural, flavoursome wines with character that reflects provenance is assured.

Report provided by the McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA)



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