The Winemakers' Federation of Australia has released its 2015 Vintage report.
2015 Winegrape Crush
The 2015 Australian grape crush is 1.67 million tonnes, just a 0.4%
increase from last year’s crush of 1.66 million tonnes.
This figure is just below the 8-year average of 1.70 million
increase in overall crush is attributable to Riverina’s increase in yields, offset
by lower yields in Murray Darling and most cooler temperate regions.
Crush by Variety
The 2015 red crush stands at 835,500 tonnes and the white crush
stands at 834,000 tonnes.
Compared to last vintage, the 2015 red
crush has decreased by 4% or 30,751 tonnes and the white crush has
increased by 5% or 37,524 tonnes.
The top three red varieties by crush were Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
and Merlot, together accounting for 85% of the total red crush. Shiraz
continues to dominate with 47% of the total red crush though with
a 6% decrease from last year.
In the whites, Chardonnay still dominates the white crush at 45%, an increase of 28,726 tonnes from last year. Sauvignon Blanc remains in second place with 11%, followed by Pinot Gris/Grigio.
Crush by State and Region
Looking at the raw crush data by state/regions,
Murray Darling-Swan Hill accounted for 382,000
tonnes or 25% of the total crush, New South
Wales at 332,000 tonnes or 22%, Victoria at
60,000 or 4%, South Australia at 717,000
tonnes or 47%, Western Australia at 30,000
ACT, Queensland and Tasmania
contribute under 1% of the total crush.
Full report here.