It’s very difficult to keep abreast of all 50 odd Australian regions; so here is information about a few. South Burnett-white varieties complete a few weeks ago, the last reds which have been hung out for the last drops of ripeness were in the winery this weekend. The 36 oC scorcher the previous Saturday produced shrivelling. Granite Belt-most whites will be in this week, and as the start of March is autumn, temperatures have dropped, causing a tapering off of red ripening. The exception is tempranillo which has generally been harvested at the same time as chardonnay. Lower Hunter-over for whites and reds, though some are hanging to push for ripeness. Mudgee-also almost over; reds are being left to hang to chase ripeness. Murray Valley-very advanced, a good percentage of red varieties now complete, late varieties are still hanging and portion harvested. Rutherglen-not as early as the north, but white varieties now being picked.

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