Thursday, March 8, 2012

McLaren Vale Vintage Report - Part 3

Harvest weather conditions, with cool nights but warm days, have been ideal for grape development. In response to this vineyards have typically developed 2 weeks earlier than normal. The 2012 vintage has been one of the most condensed seen in McLaren Vale with crushing expected to be completed by the 25th March compared with April in 2011. Indeed some wineries have already finished crushing for the year and are working on pressing out their wine. At this early stage the wine quality is looking very promising with the reds having excellent colour and flavour.

Above - Cabernet Sauvignon being machine harvested at Paxton Vineyard’s Jones Block.

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