Red Australia

Red Australia

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2008 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Invigorating spring rains, warm summer days, evenly-ripened fruit – all was poised for a perfect vintage. But just as growers began harvesting later-ripening red varietals in eastern Australia,…

2007 vintage guide for Red Australia

2007 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions The key feature of this vintage was the low yield, at least a third less than the average this century. On-going and widespread drought plus sporadic, severe frost…

2006 vintage guide for Red Australia

2006 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Lower than average yields and a notably early harvest – by two to three weeks in most places. The exception is Western Australia where a cold winter and…

2005 vintage guide for Red Australia

2005 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Harvest 2005 had a good lead-in to the season with good winter and spring rains establishing favourable soil moisture levels in most locations. The ripening and harvest period…

2004 vintage guide for Red Australia

2004 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions After last year’s drought, the weather was generally good across the board in 2004 with growers reporting good rain and low levels of disease. ‘We’ve had…

2003 vintage guide for Red Australia

2003 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Drought afflicted much of Australia throughout the winter of 2002 and the following spring, particularly in the east of the country. The extreme weather not only limited berry…

2002 vintage guide for Red Australia

2002 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions A cool spring and summer—reportedly among the lowest on record—followed average winter rainfalls. The cool summer led to a warm dry autumn that ripened grapes to perfection. These…

2001 vintage guide for Red Australia

2001 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions After significant rain in the winter and spring, a scorching summer came with record temperatures. Then, in February and March, rains followed. Heat stress and delayed ripening from…

2000 vintage guide for Red Australia

2000 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions A curate’s egg of a vintage – though a few regions on the viticultural edges of this vast continent enjoyed excellent conditions, 2000 will be remembered generally for…

1999 vintage guide for Red Australia

1999 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions It takes a season like 1999 to remind you how large Australia is and how diverse the outcomes facing winegrowers in different regions can be. Much of the…

1998 vintage guide for Red Australia

1998 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Unquestionably a great vintage, the reputation of 1998 seems to be enhanced with the release of each major wine. It’s early days and while standout Australian reds like…

1997 vintage guide for Red Australia

1997 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Despite a perfect lead-up to summer and emerging expectations that the record levels of quantity and quality set in 1996 might even be bettered, erratic conditions thereafter reduced…

1996 vintage guide for Red Australia

1996 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Most of the Australian continent experienced an excellent but late vintage that began after an unusually cool summer, retarding ripening and harvest. Most regions were then able to…

1995 vintage guide for Red Australia

1995 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions A dry winter and spring preceded a warm, wet January over the south eastern grape growing regions. February and March were generally dry but not especially warm. Later…

1994 vintage guide for Red Australia

1994 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions It was a dry, but cool summer for most Australian wine regions prior to the highly rated 1994 vintage. But in the Upper Hunter Valley a couple of…

1993 vintage guide for Red Australia

1993 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Here’s a vintage for the viticulturists. A very cold winter in 1992 delayed budburst and then flowering in some regions by up to three weeks. Unable to catch…

1992 vintage guide for Red Australia

1992 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Steady, cool and dry are the words that encapsulate the growing and ripening seasons for most of the quality wine regions in Australias south-east corner for the vintage…

1991 vintage guide for Red Australia

1991 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions A classic dry Australian summer followed a warm start to the growing season and above-average temperatures in January and February, especially in South Australia. Vintage was early and…

1990 vintage guide for Red Australia

1990 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Its an interesting phenomenon, but as time marches on the 1990 vintage may ultimately be downgraded by close followers of mature Australian wine. The reason? Theres little doubt…

1989 vintage guide for Red Australia

1989 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Despite the occasional exceptional red from the Barossa Valley and Coonawarra, the Margaret River was the only Australian red wine region which really performed anywhere near its best…