Things are happening – fast. In Victoria yields are down, dramatically in many cases. Berries and bunches are small, and the combination of over two months without range, and the generally ideal ripening conditions, means that the ripening process has broken into a full gallop. In 2008 all varieties seemed to ripen at the same time, but with an above-average crop. This year points to the same compression of vintage across all varieties, but at least the lower than forecast yields will give wineries some chance of taking in the grapes when they are ripe (not over-ripe).
Across in South Australia, all of the regions of the Limestone Coast have had a
great growing season, and with the adequate water supply that all those regions
enjoy, yields will be close to normal. North of Adelaide, the Barossa
Valley is confronting a very small vintage, again early, but with some of the
berries and bunches so small that they are unlikely to be picked. Much
the same is true of the Clare Valley, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills.
Tasmania marches on in its own way, and, to a degree, so does Western
On the face of it, the total vintage this year will be significantly down.
How much depends entirely on the amount of fruit from the Riverina and