In the Mudgee wine-growing region in the central west of New South Wales, some vignerons had to completely abandon their vintage due to smoke taint.
David Lowe from Lowe Wines is one of many winemakers who decided not to harvest, but he said it was a necessary move because of the style of wine he produced and the long time he gave the wines to mature.
“We know the longer you leave the wine the more likely it could change form to a bad smell and a negative characteristic.”
With no grapes, there will be no wine which will hurt him financially.
Meanwhile, Jacob Stein from Robert Stein wines decided to harvest his grapes. “It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but I’m so happy we went through with it.”