Vintage 2018 well underway
Deakin Vineyard Manager Craig Thornton gives the rundown on vintage so far in Mildura, Victoria.
“In the lead up to vintage, Deakin Estate received similar rainfall amounts to recent years for the months of October to December but a drier September was experienced. Overall, the growing season was a dream, as we managed rain pressures on quality well. Like most of Australia, we experience very hot conditions in January which were managed by constantly monitoring and irrigating vines until the temperature decreased. Grapevine canopies gave just the right amount of shading to assist with ripening. We kicked off vintage on 23rd January, with a small parcel of Chardonnay for sparkling base. All sparkling wine grapes and the aromatic whites are now all harvested.
Early observations indicate promising flavour profiles developing in all white varieties, and colour development in the reds varieties is pleasing too.
At this stage I am predicting an uncomplicated harvest as long as weather conditions stay the same, let’s hope the dream start to the season continues.”
Meanwhile Katnook Coonawarra kicked off with an early vintage - check here for details.