2015 harvest brings chance for ‘memorable’ wine

VINTAGE CROP HAS VIGNERON SMILING: Second generation grape-grower Johnny Cavedon happily walking through the freshly harvested vines at his family’s Moyhu property, buoyed by one of the region’s best grape harvests. PHOTO: Shane Douthie

PERFECT climatic conditions have resulted in one of the best ever grape harvests in the King Valley according to local growers and winemakers.

Warm days, and mild and cool nights have produced some “amazing fruit” according to Christian Dal Zotto, vice-president of Wines of the King Valley.

“It’s the best we’ve had for a while, the winemakers are very excited about the quality of the fruit and the potential to make some memorable wine,” he said.

“The scope of the quality is what makes this harvest stand out.

“The white grapes look spectacular and the reds are equally as exciting.

“We are renowned for producing some great whites in the valley but this vintage will be producing some equally memorable reds. It’s likely to be a very consistent vintage which is what everyone is after.”

Local grower Johnny Cavedon said the excellent growing and harvesting season was experienced throughout the valley.

“Both winemakers and growers are very positive,” he said.

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