Capes wine producers are poised for another excellent vintage, following similar growing conditions as last year.
Credaro Wines owner Matt Credaro told the Times the recent fine weather presented ideal conditions in the run up to a vintage.
He said if the weather remained dry and sunny, this year’s vintage would be similar to last year, which was one of the best on record.
“Until Christmas weather conditions have been cooler than usual, similar to the last vintage, which could be an ideal lead up to the warm to hot conditions from now until harvest in February,” he said.
“With the current high temperatures recently experienced in the region, pest and disease levels are now currently low and should stay this way with a drier than average January and February predicted.”
Vineyards are currently carrying out final sprays for the season across all varieties and maintaining vine health into harvest.
Weather conditions over the next six weeks will determine if harvest is early or late, but this normally takes place around mid February in the Margaret River region.
Mr Credaro said a lot could happen between now and the final picking at the end of vintage.
“If the weather continues to follow the long range forecast there is a strong possibility that the 2013 vintage will shape up to be similar to the outstanding vintage that was experienced across Margaret River in 2012,” he said.