“We know usually the first question everyone asks when they visit a Cellar Door is “what was this year’s vintage like?”  So, on this gloomy, wet, wintry Monday we thought we’d brighten your day with some good news.

 

2012 in the Yarra Valley will go down as one of those exceptional vintages where all varieties achieved excellent quality.   Pinot Noir was the stand out variety with Shiraz and Chardonnay also shining. And, after some initial trepidation, the long Indian summer resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon also achieving the status of excellent quality.

 

It was a tough year however for growers who had to deal with a wet start to the growing season.  Disease pressure was high with seemingly no letup from the early rains.  The weather settled down mid-way through the season to a more typical pattern – if there is such a thing as “typical” nowadays.

 

With excellent colour and flavour across most varieties the actual harvest started early for many – around the second week in February.  In late February and into March, many varieties reached ripeness together resulting in a period of intense activity in vineyards and wineries which went on for some weeks and, whilst quality was high, yields were down across most varieties with some reporting as much as 50% below expectations.

 

Pruning is now underway in preparation for next season…”

[sourced 28 July – Wine Yarra Valley Australia July Newsletter – http://www.wineyarravalley.com]

 

If you would like to sample the lovely wines in the Yarra Valley join our Yarra Valley Winery Tour for a great day out.  We will take you to some of the best wineries with lovely wines, scenic views and wonderful gourmet food…  Click on this link for more info  –  http://www.chilloutwinetours.com.au/yarra-valley-wine-tours/yarra-valley-wine-tours-public/