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Spring Weather Wasn’t 2014 Vintage’s Best Friend

It has been a tough 2014 vintage for Mornington Peninsula vineyards from a volume perspective, but the quality of the yield was exceptional. While the amount of wine produced will be significantly down on previous years, winemakers are upbeat about the intensity and flavour from the smaller bunches grown.

The Melbourne weather is known for its unpredictability, but this year it’s played a particularly cruel hand. Wineries in the Mornington Peninsula have been feeling the sleeting rain and wicked winds, with their 2014 vintage coming out as the biggest victim. In particular, the spring was uncoordinated and difficult; the rain fell at the wrong time to grow the flowers and the wind didn’t come to help pollinate the flowers when needed.

While there is no doubt winemakers have felt the effects of Mother Nature, with the vintage down 75%, that’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom. For starters, Italian varieties have been seeing a lot of success this year, including moscato, sangiovese and nebbiolo.

More importantly, there’s no need to go tainting your glass of red with your salty tears while mourning the loss of the Peninsula’s pinnacle pinot noir and chardonnay just yet. The fact remains that the fruit from this crop was exceptional, and as such winemakers are predicting an excellent (albeit smaller) vintage.

So like a hipster scouring out an unmarked underground bar that no one has ever heard of, the 2014 vintage has an air of exclusivity surrounding it. Like all good things, we’re willing to bet that this simple fact will make it taste even better, too.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on sampling this year’s produce, get in and book your wine tour with Wine Compass Mornington Peninsula Tours today.

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