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    Default Vintage ??

    Can someone please enlighten me.
    If the date on a bottle of wine is the vintage.
    Is it the year in which it was grown, or the year in which it was bottled.

    Thanks Macca

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    Default Bottled

    it is the year it was bottled

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    Nope...it is the year it was harvested.

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    I'm with czzer on this one.
    Cliff.
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    I'm with czzer and Cliff.

    Some wines are picked, produced and bottled in a matter of months, others spend a long time in vats, but they are always referred to by their crop year, not their year of bottling, even though it may be the same year in a lot of cases. Wines like Grange are released years after harvest, 2002 being the most recent release:

    Quote Originally Posted by penfolds
    GRANGE
    BIN 95
    SHIRAZ 2002

    VINEYARD REGION: Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale.

    VINTAGE CONDITIONS:
    Regular winter rainfalls in 2001 ensured ideal
    soil moisture levels and healthy vine growth.
    Spring and summer temperatures were
    amongst the lowest on record, which reduced
    yield potential, as well as slowing overall crop
    ripening to a crawl. The 2002 growing season
    concluded with a warm, dry autum, which,
    combined with careful vineyard maangement,
    enabled the grapes to reach ideal ripeness.

    GRAPE VARIETY: Shiraz (99%), Cabernet (1%)

    MATURATION: This wine was aged for 15 months in new
    American oak hogsheads.
    From: http://www.penfolds.com.au/library/t...grange2002.pdf

    And no, I don't have any Grange, although I did manage to convince an overseas visitor into trying a bottle over lunch once

    woodbe.

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    Thanks for the replys.....harvest year it is.

    macca

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodbe View Post
    And no, I don't have any Grange, although I did manage to convince an overseas visitor into trying a bottle over lunch once

    woodbe.
    I buy Grange but I'd never think of drinking the stuff. IMO in terms of value for money there are mnuch better buys. I buy the stuff only because its a cult wine and I stand to make some dosh when I sell the stuff.
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