In what's being described as a 'once in a century' downpour, the estate received over 100mm of rain in 24 hours last week. Luckily, the rolling slopes on which the vineyards are planted meant that very little damage was done to the vines. In fact, Senior Winemaker Damian Hutton is particularly optimistic about the quality and volume of fruit coming from the Perth Hills this year. Damian believes that the rain came early enough before picking to increase yields without influencing fruit intensity or flavour.
While Millbrook escaped any serious damage from the rain, the same could not be said for a number of growers in the Swan Valley. Our sincerest sympathies go out to those who have lost their crops and we wish them all the very best in their recovery efforts.
While the wine regions of Western Australia are incredibly diverse, it is still a close-knit community and we all benefit from the successes of one another.