Vintage Report 2011

2011

It never stopped raining. Beechworth was a case of all or none; disease free grapes were perfectly balanced, with great potential. The rest were of ordinary to fair quality or lost completely. There was massive disease pressure, first downy mildew, then botrytis. It was agonisingly slow ripening with the white varieties much better than reds. The upside was flavour development at low baumes. Throughout the region crop losses ranged from significant to total. We picked 239 tonnes in total. Not even enough to satisfy our grape sales contract.