High hopes for NZ 2013 vintage
After low yields in 2012, it has been predicted the New Zealand 2013 vintage will be “a vintage to remember”.
With high-quality grapes harvested across the country’s winegrowing regions, winemakers are claiming it has the potential to be one of the best vintages in history.
The 2013 crop is up 28% on last year, but only 5% on 2011, and according to the 2013 Vintage Survey 345,000 tonnes of grapes have been harvested.
Philip Gregan, chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers said: “An outstanding New Zealand summer provided near-perfect conditions for growing grapes across the country. The result is that we expect the 2013 wines to be vibrant, fruit driven and complex expressions of our diverse grape-growing regions; 2013 looks set to be a vintage to remember.”
He added: “The small 2012 grape crop left the industry unable to meet continuing strong consumer demand in established and new markets. Winemakers will welcome the more normal 2013 harvest as the better-balanced supply will facilitate renewed export growth in the year ahead.”