Vintage report – Geelong 2017»

Overall a strong vintage across the board, particularly pinot noir and shiraz

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Geelong's Toast to the Coast

Vineyards of the Geelong wine region
The sunlit vineyards of Geelong
Harvest at Leura Park Estate
Wines of the Geelong wine region

 

Vintage for 2017 started rolling in the autumn of 2016. The earliest harvest in living memory from 2016 combined with a drier and warmer March and April resulted in early senescence for the vines.

Above average rainfall in winter and spring set the scene for a strong vintage providing plenty of sub surface water reserves for the vines. Burst occurred at a more ‘normal’ time for the region with all developmental stages following suite.

A somewhat dry and warmer period finished the year and continued into 2017 resulting in vignerons feeling the pressure due to lack of water.

Fortunately a good rain event in the latter half of January and again in early February provided some much needed respite for the vines enabling veraison and strong ripening to occur.

Harvest kicked off mid to late Feb for sparkling base then lingered into May for some due to large rainfall events late March and early April presenting some challenges for those with fruit still on the vine. Some incidences of fruit not ripening adequately to be picked.

Overall I would suggest it was a strong vintage across the board, particularly with aromatics, pinot noir and shiraz.

Wines in oak and tank look vibrant, with good acidity and freshness.

Regions

  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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June 13th, 2017
 
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