2018 – Allen Hart, DogRock
The Pyrenees wine region made wines of high quality from the 2018 vintage. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were the two standout varieties and most wineries recorded excellent results. Budburst arrived slightly early and a very late and severe frost caused major damage to vulnerable sites. January had extreme heat but this was prior to veraison and well watered vineyards were only moderately affected through yield reduction. The latter part of the growing season was very favourable which enabled fruit to ripen with excellent flavours for most varieties.
Yields were generally average across most varieties.
Quality - the mild Autumn provided ideal weather for ripening of both red and white fruit. Varietal expression was strong across the board with unanimous agreement on high quality from all winemakers. Wines were generally fuller bodied with ample tannins evident. Excellent parcels of Sparkling base, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and many other varieties were harvested throughout the district. Harvest was generally completed by early April with only a few exceptions.
It is expected that the quality of the 2018 wines will be regarded as one of the great vintages from the Pyrenees wine region of Victoria.