Challenging but Strong
Despite what has been described the most challenging vintage in years, Geelong vignerons are anticipating Vintage 2011 will see wines emanating from the region that will categorically cement Geelong's status as one of Australia's premiere wine producing regions.
"Similar to the majority of Victorian wine growing regions, Geelong faced numerous challenges in the lead up to Vintage 2011, the result of a comparatively wild and wet season with bouts of humidity dispersed throughout, "said Hugh Hull, Geelong Winegrowers Association (GWA) Viticultural Executive.
"These climate influences saw both a late harvest and natural attrition in terms of yield but Geelong vignerons are reporting that the resultant quality of fruit and varietal intensity across the board is of a consistently high standard."
Mr. Hull said for those able to keep the high disease pressure at bay in the lead up to Vintage 2011, the rewards will definitely be there.
"A particularly positive aspect of Vintage 2011 is the fact that there has been some beautiful, slow ripened fruit shining through, particularly in the aromatic whites. The cooler ripening season has resulted in higher natural acidity which should deliver more aromatic, delicate and varietal characteristics than recent vintages," he said.
Mr. Hull said that although later ripening reds such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon had struggled a little for sugar ripeness and colour, varietal intensity was apparent.
"The earlier picked reds, such as Pinot Noir, are already shaping up to be quite complex with some great cool vintage influences as well," he said.
"The Geelong region already boasts an enviable reputation for spectacular cool climate wines and, despite all the talk of doom and gloom surrounding the wine industry in general, Vintage 2011 is no exception - we will definitely see wines coming through that will do the Geelong region proud on both the Australian and international wine stage."
Mr Hull said one of the wonderful things that set the Geelong wine region apart was that it embraced three dynamic sub regions - The Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast.
"Each sub region boasts its own unique micro climate and 'terroir' which impact upon ultimate wine offerings. The result is that wine lovers can visit Geelong and be tantalised by an incredibly broad range of palate nuances - delicate fingerprints of each sub region, yet all part of one greater region"
Mr Hull said the GWA website www.winegeelong.com.au provided lots of information about Geelong wine, the three sub regions as well as details of the host of local wineries where people could enjoy some of the best wines in Australia - literally in their own backyard.
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