We have seen the following figures from the Winegrape intake summary for vintage 2009. See all of SA's data here.
The total crush was 33,484 tonnes - a low figure for the region similar to 2007's very low crops.
In general grape prices have fallen with the traditional McLaren Vale varieties Shiraz and Mataro fairing the best.
Shiraz has slightly fallen by $90-100 to a calculated average of $1432. In dollar terms Shiraz accounted for over half of the income for the districts growers this year ($21,196,971). Demand for Shiraz has helped keep its average price above the lower prices of 2005/06 where the average was below $1400.
Cabernet Sauvignon has fallen to $1136 calculated average, Merlot has fallen to $918. Grenache was calculated at $1212. The 12 tonne of grower supplied Tempranillo was worth $1549, with another 121 tonne being winery grown. Less than 10% of the regions Tempranillo had a price assigned over the weighbridge. This makes it difficult to get a true bearing on the price performance of Tempranillo as a new variety for the region.
Chardonnay prices have fallen sharply to $778. This following a general trend in Australia where there is a current oversupply.
Sauvignon Blanc, while not considered suited to McLaren Vale attracted an average of $1421.