Vintage Report 2009


A very dry year where the vintage was affected by heat and smoke. Winter was cold with intermittent rains. The growing season started with very low soil moisture and dams below full capacity. Three frost events occurred but little damage was recorded. Budburst was even with good fruit set and a potential average to above average vintage. Welcome rains in December (43mm) and 2mm on 11 January took the pressure off the limited supply of irrigation water. The season changed at the end of January with eight days recorded above 40°C and also hot night temperatures.