Swan Valley winemakers celebrate ‘once in a generation’ vintage


President of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association Yuri Berns says the 2018 vintage has been phenomenal. Picture: David Baylis d482433
President of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association Yuri Berns says the 2018 vintage has been phenomenal. Picture: David Baylis d482433

SWAN Valley winemakers are celebrating a “once in a generation” vintage, with an almost perfect year for the region’s wine grapes.

Average rainfall temperatures, a cool spring and mild summer made for perfect conditions for all varieties of grapes, with full flavour, deep colours and quality fruit.

President of the Swan Valley and Regional Winemakers Association Yuri Berns said the 2018 vintage was phenomenal.

He said early on winemakers could tell 2018 would be a special vintage.

“This year has been outstanding. A once in a generational year, with slow even ripening in both reds and whites,” he said.

“I don’t like to say perfect, but almost perfect. Not just phenomenal but unusually phenomenal.

“Climate change modelling shows that it’s going to get warmer, so we may never see a vintage like this again.”

Perth had its mildest summer in 18 years, with no days of 40C.

Mr Berns said the milder temperatures had meant the whites had retained their natural acids and reds were deeper in colour with softer tannins.

“It’s been a phenomenal year for reds, whites, fortifieds and sparkling,” he said.

“You couldn’t dream of a better year really.

“This vintage is great at showcasing the region and promoting the quality of wine to people across WA, Australia and internationally.”

Mr Berns said this year’s vintage would prove difficult for judging when it came to the Swan Valley Wine Show in August.

“It’s going to be a very difficult for the judges to choose the best wine, when nearly everyone I’ve spoken to has had the best year they can remember,” he said.

The Swan Valley Wine Show gala dinner will be held August 24 at Mandoon Estate.

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