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Purdue experts: Cool summer was great for grapes

WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue University wine experts say Indiana’s mild summer and recent dry spell have given the state’s wine grapes the ingredients for some particularly flavorful, aromatic wines.

Purdue viticulture specialist Bruce Bordelon says July and August’s cooler than normal temperatures helped ripening grapes accumulate sugar and maintain desirable acid levels.

He says August’s unusually dry conditions also aided Indiana’s grape crop because heavy rainfall can cause ripened grapes to split, making them vulnerable to pests and disease.

Bordelon says mid- and early-ripening varieties of grapes “should do really well” this year, although he’s concerned there might not be enough warm weeks left for some grapes to fully ripen.

Purdue enologist Christian Butzke says he expects “a high quality crop and really complex, interesting wines.”

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