A district vineyard looks forward to harvest time this season after good weather has yeilded a good quality crop.RUTH CLAYTON February 21, 2013 4:44am
Treasury Wine Estates vineyard manager Matt Jezewski is expecting a bumper grape harvest this year as a result of ideal weather conditions.
Mr Jezewski said the quality and yield of this year’s fruit was good because of a lack of rain, which resulted in leaner vines which in turn produced a better quality grape.
He said when the vines were too vigorous, they grew and produced too much leaf area, which shaded the fruit.
‘‘The grapes need sunlight to produce those beautiful tannins and flavours (and a) nice tough skin that you need for a good wine and for a good colour,’’ Mr Jezewski said.
‘‘In years when it’s wetter, you lose a bit of control of the vines as the vines keep growing, but this year has been ideal because we came out of winter with enough water in the profile and we’ve been able to irrigate to keep shoot length to what we need to keep the vines in perfect balance.’’
Mr Jezewski said the hot and dry weather had also made it easier to manage disease.
Common diseases in vineyards include downy mildew, powdery mildew and botrytis.
In comparison, Mr Jezewski said last year crops needed to be sprayed more regularly because of an increased potential for disease due to the spring rainfall.
Fruit-picking at the vineyard began on February 3 and will continue until mid-April.
The winery produces various wines including chardonnay, shiraz, grenache, mataro, riesling and traminer.
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