2000 Australia

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In South Australia unsettled weather at flowering led to the crop being severely reduced in many regions - in the Barossa Valley yields were down by up to 40%. The summer was hot and dry and the quality of the harvested fruit was very high. Intensely flavoured and well-structured wines were produced across the board. In Victoria cool weather during the summer led to the growing season being longer than norm and this resulted in classic and complex wines being produced. The Yarra Valley Pinot Noirs are particularly successful. In Western Australia the summer was characterised by hot, dry days and cool nights. Margaret River reds are deeply coloured and concentrated, while the whites are ripe, complex and harmonious.

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