Vintage nears end

Anthony Murphy, of Trentham Estate Winery, with wines that received silver and bronze at both the 2018 International Wine Challenge and 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards in London last year.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Anthony Murphy, of Trentham Estate Winery, with wines that received silver and bronze at both the 2018 International Wine Challenge and 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards in London last year.Picture: Carmel Zaccone

VINTAGE is coming to an end in the Swan Hill and Murray-Darling region, where harvest is complete for most of the 15,000 hectares of wine grape plantings.

With a season marked with low rainfall and record temperatures, this year’s “patchy” yield is estimated to be down by about 10 per cent on last year, according to the industry’s boss.

Murray Valley Winegrowers executive officer Mike Stone said growers who were able maintain constant moisture levels through winter and spring last year reported higher yields.

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