1 Mar 2009, 8:32pm
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Grape crop tested for bushfire smoke

ABC.net.au, Feb 19, 2009 [here]

Test results are expected within weeks on how Victoria’s bushfires have damaged grape crops.

The Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation says South Australian laboratories are testing 500 gram samples of grapes from Victorian vineyards.

They are testing for a chemical that produces a smoky tainting, which is capable of ruining the vintage for some growers.

Corporation executive director John Harvey says conditions in the aftermath of the bushfires may not have been as damaging as feared.

“Probably the smoke hasn’t actually hung around quite as long as it has on previous occasions,” he said.

“In terms of the research that’s been done, the smoke has been around probably at not the most critical time in terms of having a smoke effect, so it really depends on what those results start to show.”

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