Region 'Red Australia' - Year 1977
|A desolate year|
Warmer and earlier-ripening regions whose fruit was well in the can before March turned wet and cold managed to fare better than the cooler regions in the country's west and south-east.
Adelaide Hills and Hunter Valley suffered somewhat while Margaret River fruit was harvested earlier than ideal.
In a desolate year for Australian red wine, the best were made by Penfolds - who were clearly helped by their multi-regional philosophies and their ability to source reduced volumes from warmer sites - plus Henschke and the new Victorian red wine specialist of Taltarni in the Pyrenees region.