Vintage 2014 in the cool climate island state, Tasmania »

High quality, limited quantity means a much sought after vintage

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Tamar Valley Wine Route
Wine Tasmania - Vintage report 2014
Brown Brothers Coombend Vineyard on the east coast of Tasmania

 

Vintage in Tasmania for 2014 will be a much sought after one, based on high quality and limited quantity.

Reports from wine producers indicated they were very pleased with the quality of fruit from the 2014 vintage, though the yield was lower than desired.  Tasmanian vineyards produced clean fruit at low to moderate Baumé with high natural acidity, exhibiting excellent varietal characteristics.

 

Overview:

The spring and early summer of 2013 promised solid yields in line with the previous vintage, with good soil moisture, fine weather and strong fruitfulness.  December dashed those promises, however, with prolonged cool, windy and wet weather disrupting fruit set.  The rest of the season brought wonderful weather, which allowed full flavour development whilst retaining good natural acidity at low to moderate Baumé.

Despite the smaller bunches and healthy canopies, the harvest commenced later than normal and progressed at a stately pace, though the fine weather continued and all fruit was able to be harvested.

The smaller bunch sizes experienced led to a reduced harvest for Tasmania of 6,624 tonnes in 2014 (down from 11,392 in 2013).

 

Areas and Yields by Variety

Pinot noir as the dominant variety has the highest rate of increased planting.  This reflects its versatility of use for both table and sparkling wines.  Chardonnay, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc are also varieties of growth in Tasmania.

The non-bearing vineyard area includes new plantings from 2013 as well as young vineyards not yet producing fruit.  This number fluctuates over time but a positive number indicates continued new plantings by wine growers with confidence in the Tasmanian wine sector.

 

Sparkling Production

The amount of sparkling wine produced in Tasmania represents a large proportion of the total harvest.  Over 35% of Tasmania’s fruit was made into sparkling wine in 2014, about 10% higher than in 2013.

 

Tasmania’s Wine Growing Area

There are currently seven recognised wine growing areas in Tasmania, with significant variation in climate and soil conditions enhancing the varietal characters of the state’s wines.

The approximate breakdown of vineyard plantings by wine growing area is as follows:

  1. Tamar Valley - 33% (534 ha)
  2. East Coast - 19% (314 ha)
  3. North East (Pipers River) - 19% (300 ha)
  4. Coal River Valley - 16% (259 ha)
  5. Derwent Valley - 7% (104 ha)
  6. Huon / Channel - 5% (78 ha)
  7. North West - 1% (22 ha)

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