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Expect high quality from a moderate yield

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The 2015 Tasmanian wine vintage will be a much sought after one, based on high quality and moderate yield.

Rainfall during the spring and summer months kept vegetative growth moving especially in the southern areas, where vineyard swards and surrounding paddocks were green well into the new year.

Some inclement weather in the south around flowering and fruit set reduced the potential crops for some areas and some varieties, but overall the vintage was 3% higher than the long term average due to Northern and Eastern vineyards producing higher yields than the State average.

Reports from wine producers indicated they were very pleased with the quality of fruit from the 2015 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.

Pinotn noir as the dominant variety has the highest area of increased planting, closely followed by chardonnay. This reflects the versatility of use for both table and sparkling wines for these varieties and the high proportion of sparkling wine produced from the Tasmanian vintage.

The non-bearing vineyard area (11%) includes new plantings from 2014 as well as young vineyards not yet producing fruit and vineyards undergoing reworking to new clones or varieties. 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 31% of Tasmania's fruit was made into sparkling wine in 2015, about 9% lower than 2014. The absolute volume, however, was greater by about 42%. This indicates that supply of sparkling wine fruit as well as table wine fruit was critically low in 2014, and winemakers have taken advantage of the improved yield in 2015 to increase production.

This is a preliminary report from Wine Tasmania and will updated when the final report comes to hand.

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