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McLaren Vale | 2000
McLaren Vale experienced a challenging vintage in 2000. Cool and overcast weather during November and December was conducive to powdery mildew development. Fruit set was marginal in some varieties and hot dry weather in January and February reduced yields of most varieties by up to 40% on the 1999 tonnage. Heavy rainfall in the latter part of February and at regular intervals after this time delayed the onset of fruit maturity and made picking scheduling tricky. Despite the challenging season, there were some excellent parcels of fruit picked from the 2000 vintage. The early picked fruit that missed the rain, and the fruit that remained sound until harvest have made good wines.