Cellar Door Manager – David Stuart
With good average yields across the Peninsula and a mild growing season the wines have good natural acidity, and all varieties have lovely, concentrated flavours. The season leading to harvest gave us favourable fruit set conditions, producing good size uniform bunches. There were several larger than usual rain events with more than 10mm occurring at least 10 times in the growing season. Canopies were therefore ample and healthy. Temperatures were generally moderate with higher-than-average low temperatures but no hot weather spikes for any prolonged period and certainly no heat waves. The first picking began around a week earlier than long term averages but with the moderate weather during harvest, and the odd rain event, the region meandered through harvest at a gentle pace rather than the rush to pick as experienced in some recent years.