Vintage 2014 – around Australia's wine regions »
Your quick link guide to vintage reports
As you would expect given the vast distances between wine regions in Australia, vintage 2014 was quite varied.
There were birds, frost, hail storms and other meteorological challenges mixed with perfect ripening conditions to create a wide range of results for this year's grape picking season.
The Hunter is thinking it's the best ever vintage whilst Coonawarra had the longest on record and Great Southern had another class.
Here's your quick link guide to what happened where around Australia's wine regions this vintage and which wines might well be standouts later:
- Barossa and Eden Valleys (SA): Mother Nature threw some curve balls this season but grape growers and viticulturists have done an amazing job looking after the vineyards. Vintage quality is looking good with the reds rich and varietal, suggesting they will age very well »
- Coonawarra (SA): region may well have had one of the longest vintages on record and already the winemakers are excited by the initial assessement of cabernet and shiraz »
- Hunter Valley (NSW): in a welcome change, 2014 presented prefect ripening conditions through November to February. Winemaker Mike De lullis crowned it the 'Gentleman's Vintage' whilst Bruce Tyrell thinks this could be the best vintage of this and last century »
- Margaret River (WA) to end March: at this time, vintage had been built on a solid foundation. Ideal conditions provided almost no disease pressure and minimal bird damage. It's now time for the intense flavours of cabernet sauvignon to develop »
- Margaret River (WA) final report (June): vintage is over resulting in the eight year in a row of favourable conditions. Chardonnay is tipped to be best ever and some suggest it will be a 'sleeper year' for cabernet »
- McLaren Vale (SA): a wet beginning to the season and dry spring followed by some hot spells meant some trials and tribulations for this region but feedback suggests we're in for some exciting surprises out of McLaren Vale's 2014 vintage »
- Great Souther (WA): a truly special vintage across whites and red allowing for wines with great varietal expression, natural acidity in whites, fine tannins in the reds and some exciting drink ahead! »
- New England (NSW): another region with some rough conditions but it may yet turn out to be one of the best in recent history. Most reds and whites were picked 2-3 weeks early with fruit quality excellent and the wines now maturing »
- Orange (NSW): this region experienced a number of shining lights albeit with certain meteorolgical challenges – frosts and varying rainfall being just two. With vineyards ranging from 600 to 1100m in elevation, vintage results range widely »
- Granite Belt (Qld): this was a difficult season with frosts, hailstorms and heat waves experienced by some but for those without these trials of nature, the resulting grape crops were some of the highest quality experienced »
- Geelong (Vic): crops were generally low, especially in chardonnay and pinot noir but overall quality was excellent. 2014 is a high quality year which will deliver wines of great interest, diversity and complexity »
Further vintage reports will be added to this list as they become available.
For a comparison to last year's conditions, here's the summary for vintage around wine regions in 2013 »
Regional wine associations (including NZ), if you'd like to add your vintage report or update the current report, please email details to Kerry@VisitVineyards.com. Please send images to images@VisitVineyards.com
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