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Thursday 2 April 2020

Positive wine news from Margaret River

After a vintage in which several regions of Australia were blighted by bush fires and resultant smoke taint, the news is rather more positive from Margaret River in Western Australia. 

The Margaret River Wine Association CEO Amanda Whiteland today reported the wrap-up of an "exceptional" vintage.
Vintage at Juniper Estate: Russell Ord Photos

"The region raises a collective sigh of relief to have been able to complete the 2020 vintage undisrupted; without significant rain, lockdowns or the impact of bushfires and losses that sadly, some regions in other parts of Australia have had to endure," the MRWA said in a statement. 

"We are humbly counting our blessings.

"The region enjoyed an early start to the season, with warmer-than-average spring temperatures evolving into the perfect summer growing conditions. 

"Low disease pressure, timely flowering of native Marri trees to keep the birds at bay and little to no rain meant that growers could literally 'take their pick' when they wanted." 

While quality is up, yields are down. 

The 2020 vintage will see "one of the smallest harvests in recent years". 

"Lower yields have resulted in exceptional fruit that is physiologically ripe and shows divine concentration of aromas and flavours. While the 2020 vintage from Margaret River will be in scarce supply, it will be a very special vintage to look out for."

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