Steady winter rains led to very healthy overall soil moisture, which resulted in some superb plant vigour and growth.
Spring was a little delayed, and the temperatures were on the cooler side, however that being said things dried out pretty quickly.
For the most part fruit set was modest prob,ably driven by some rather gusty weather, particularly during flowering, which is a little unfortunate. However, the fruit was fantastic and the plants super healthy, (particularly if you compare it to last year’s super dry beginning).
A little cooler than most vintages and hence in some instances harvest was a tad delayed, that being said though, the mini heat wave late in the season did wonders in helping the plants push ripeness giving the winemakers of the Macedon Ranges some great looking fruit to work with. The season was a little challenging from a disease pressure prospective but overall the yield numbers looked healthy and in line with forecasts.