By November 2010, heavy rains resulted in the breaking of a drought that had lasted for ten years. These rains were much welcomed.
However, as the heavy rains continued through December and January, new challenges presented themselves! It was such a wet year pipes were installed in certain sections of the vineyard to drain the water. How different this situation was when compared with the unrelenting drought that had persisted since 2000.
In 2011 the rain and humidity were the perfect recipe for an outbreak of fungal diseases, especially downy mildew and botrytis. Mario’s many years of experience in the Yarra Valley meant he was quick to recognise this problem and embark on a program of careful vineyard management to bring it under control. At challenging times like these, it is the experience and skill of the winemaker that will ensure good wines are made. Unfortunately, the Nebbiolo, which was flowering at the time, was burnt by downy mildew and there was no fruit to harvest on the Nebbiolo vines.
The harvest commenced in mid-March and continued through April. The 2011 Sangiovese, Rose and Syrah have turned out remarkably well, thanks in no small part to Mario’s experience and dedication to the vines. There will be no 2011 Nebbiolo, but hopefully our current 2009 and 2010 releases will tide you over!
2011 saw the release of the first Vinea Marson Prosecco and Grazia made with grapes grown at Porepunkah in the Alpine Valleys.