Adequate winter rains across most parts of South Australia gave good soil moisture levels for budburst, which was followed by a dry and warm spring. Climatic conditions favoured flowering and set with mild and calm weather, however there was some shatter in Shiraz across parts of the state. Minimal frost and disease pressures allowed for excellent vine canopy development. November and December conditions were mild to average, providing good conditions for even ripening. Harvest also continued over long period optimising colour, flavour and tannin development. The long and late South East harvest was particularly conducive to excellent flavour development in Cabernet whilst the vintage heatwave in the Barossa and McLaren Vale stalled ripening, giving a lag period before Cabernet harvest. 2009 proved to be a slightly later vintage compared to the previous years. Some healthy early to mid December Summer rainfall, followed by conditions drying up very quickly and continuing until the end of February. Early heat accompanied veraison but even ripening followed for those vines that had been through veraison and had adequate canopy. Temperatures cooled off towards March.
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