Padthaway vintage | Low yields, high quality

AUTUMN has marked the end of another successful vintage in the Padthaway wine region. 

Padthaway Grape Growers Association president Andrew Bryson inspects the orange-hued vine leaves, marking the end of another vintage in the region.

Padthaway Grape Growers Association president Andrew Bryson inspects the orange-hued vine leaves, marking the end of another vintage in the region.

Most fruit was harvested before the Easter long weekend, fortunately escaping the heavy 30mm of rain which arrived last Tuesday.

Padthaway Grape Growers Association president Andrew Bryson said he was satisfied with the overall result of 2014 vintage; however, there was significant yield reduction.

"Canopies were good and held on until the end," he said.

"This year vintage took longer in contrast to recent years with the reds requiring slightly more time to develop full flavours.

"However, 2014 vintage was more in line with a typical year compared to the last few vintages, which have been quite compressed."

Yields were average to below average due to cool and windy weather conditions causing poor fruit set at flowering time.

Mr Bryson said the biggest reduction in yield was seen in Cabernet Sauvignon.

Despite this, the quality, which is the key focus of growers in the Padthaway area, was strong with full depth of flavours.

"There were good varietal characters in all varieties, from whites through to reds," he said.

"Shiraz has again been a strong standout however it's still early days as some are still going through fermentation."

Padthaway experienced no significant disease pressure and was fortunate in terms of weather.

"We dodged the big rain event early on in vintage which affected northern grape regions," Mr Bryson said.

"Some areas received 100-125mm at that time; however, we luckily only received around 1.5mm in Padthaway."

Growers are now waiting for leaves on the vines to fall before pruning gets under way which could be as early as two to three weeks time.

Padthaway wine region will soon celebrate 50 years since the first vines were planted in the region at the 2014 Vintage Dinner in June.

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