Best ever vintage?

WHAT A YEAR: Gapsted Wines winemakers (from left) Michael Cope-Williams, Elliott Bailey, Toni Pla-Bou and Shayne Cunningham celebrate the end of one of their best ever vintages.

GRAPE growers and wine makers in Myrtleford and Bright are calling this year’s vintage one of the best ever after the last grapes of the season were picked and crushed earlier this month.

The cool summer and autumn has been lauded as the reason for the brilliant season which started and finished earlier than usual.

For most producers, the vintage started two weeks ahead of normal and finished in the opening days of April with the last grapes generally being crushed mid-April.

Gapsted Wines winemaker Shayne Cunningham said he can’t remember a season like the current one.

“This year’s vintage was the earliest and fastest in our 19 years here,” he said.

“The conditions were just perfect after the early threat of mould and mildew, it never got too cold or too hot.

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