“The current vintage can be compared to the one from 2010”, Phil Gregan, CEO at the NZ wine growing association, explains. “However, the reduced yield will, after the excess quantities in 2011 and the increased demand for wines from New Zealand, cause tensions in the trade. Just now, where we needed Sauvignon Blanc, it will probably not be sufficient to serve everyone.”
“This year, we will be able to focus on quality, after a profitable growth”, David Cox, European director of the NZ wine growing association, relativizes the situation. “It will be as I predicted. We will no longer have discounts that we were forced to allow for the Sauvignon due to exceed quantities, and this is a good development.
After a cool spring and summer, April brought the turning point - with warm days and dry nights. “According to reports before us today, the vintage is able to yield top quality, I would even say, this will be a vintage year”, David Cox says. (red.yoopress)