WINERIES are looking forward to a bumper 2013 vintage, with hot January days ripening fruit after a cool December.
Cape Mentelle viticulturalist Ashley Wood said that while he had heard of hail damage in vineyard at Treeton, Jindong and Wilyabrup, they expected a "reasonably strong vintage".
"We had a cool wet spring and a cooler, overcast summer - the tail end of a cyclone I imagine," he said.
Despite some physical damage to vines with the wild winter and spring weather, "it's shaping up reasonably well".
"It's hard to assess until the end (of the vintage)," he said.
Xanadu winemaker Glenn Goodall said things were looking "very positive" at this early stage of veraison.
Concerns about cooler weather in December have been lessened by the recent heat, giving the fruit a chance to "catch up".
"Everything's going nicely, so hopefully it's going to continue its dream run," he said.
Vasse Felix winemaker Jarrad Olsen said they planned to start picking in the last week of February.
Their chardonnay blocks were looking well and there were no issues with the fruit quality.