Brachetto wine grapes in Western Australia

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Grapes grown from Brachetto vines produce wines with distinct floral and muscat characters that are best made in a rosé style. Brachetto was originally discovered grown in the Piedmont region in Italy. The variety has shown variable performance in field trials at Manjimup and shows potential for the production of a rosé style wine.

Production at Manjimup

Brachetto (clone H102) vines showed moderate establishment in trials at Manjimup, producing medium-sized canopies with thin shoots. Brachetto usually produces medium to large bunches of thin-skinned grapes.

In comparison with other red varieties, Brachetto grapes achieve sugar accumulation early, although the fruit has a low anthocyanin content, producing the characteristic ‘strawberry’ coloured wines.

Timing of key phenology stages

Budburst (E-L 4)

Full bloom (E-L 23)

Veraison (E-L 35)

Harvest (E-L 38)

Mid-September

Early-mid December

Early February

Mid-late March

Production characteristics

Productivity

Medium-high

Berry weight

Medium

Bunch weight

Medium-high

Fruit yield/vine

5.5 kg

Disease susceptibility

Medium-high

Equivalent yield/ha

9.2t

Bunch compaction

Medium-high

Vigour

Medium

Juice TSS (°Brix)

24.8

Juice Baumé

13.8

Juice pH

3.1

Juice TA g/L

9.6

Wine sensory assessment

Brachetto grapes and wine are intensely perfumed with muscat, strawberry, rose and spicy aromas and flavours. Wines are light in colour even after fermentation on skins.

A consumer survey showed that 58 per cent of respondents liked the aroma, 79 per cent liked the flavour, 58 per cent liked the body, 55 per cent liked the style and 57 per cent found the variety to have commercial potential.

Wine judging results for Brachetto

Points awarded out of a maximum of 20.

2010 Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show

2010 Qantas Wine Show

2011 Timber Towns Wine Show

14.2

14.2

15.0

 

Contact information

Richard Fennessy
+61 (0)8 9780 6219