Winemakers in Europe and North America are waiting for their grapes to develop, but on the southern side of the planet, the juice from this year's crop is already fermenting in the tanks. Southern Hemisphere producers grappled with rains, drought and even fire in 2008. Still, many were enthusiastic about the results.
The growing season has much to do with what a wine ultimately tastes like in the glass, and this year's conditions were all over the map, so to speak. Producers from the major wine regions have shared with us their experience of the season—what kind of weather they saw, along with what adjustments they may have had to make in the vineyards and cellar as a result—and how they think the finished wines will turn out.
Below are links to full reports on the quality and style of wines you can expect from the 2008 vintage throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
Malbec benefits from a long, cool season.
Hot weather forced many growers in the east to pick early, while western wineries had good fruit but low yields.
Yields are down; Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère look strong.
Marlborough battles rot after rains, other regions had it easier.
A cool, wet growing season puts a premium on vineyard management.
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