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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
ne 22, 2012 17 River Valley. The combination of their fine wines and viticulture practices captured the judges' attention to win the 2012 Tasmanian Vineyard of the Year Award. Picture: RAOUL KOCHANOWSKI t of Tasmania interstate it would be considered a micro vineyard. Nick Glaetzer, acclaimed Young Wine Maker of the Year in 2011 and winner of the prestigious Jimmy Wat- son trophy for the best one-year-old red wine, which was partially sourced from Pooley Wines, said the Tasman- ian industry is at an exciting stage. ''There is a great opportunity to tap into the growth of the industry,'' Mr Glaetzer said. On a more sobering note, Adrian Losciavo, of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corp- oration, outlined at the field day his work on the grape trunk disease eutypa dieback, which predominantly affects varieties grown in cooler cli- mates like Tasmania. It was first formally identified on the island in 2008. ''If left unchecked it can certainly cause an issue,'' Mr Losciavo said. He warned the incurable ''cancer'' could jeopardise a vineyard. Vines are most at risk after winter pruning and in wet conditions when fungus spores can land on the plant's open ''wounds''. The spore can germinate and eat its way through the trunk towards the roots, while leaves become cupped and yellow. ''Effectively that fungus will grow through the woody tissue and kill the vine as it grows,'' Mr Losciavo said. ''It can cause much smaller bunch size or even bunches to be aborted, so there's significant reduction in yield.'' Mr Losciavo said despite there being no cure, the problem could be con- tained by cutting out the affected area of the vine. ''If the disease is identified and is appropriately managed then there shouldn't be a significant impact to the Tasmanian wine industry as a whole,'' he said. ''It can create issues with yield loss but also with increased management costs in trying to treat the disease.'' Mr Losciavo said researchers are working on improved management techniques and finding a cure.
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