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Our range of Magnums will be released later this year and should make great Christmas Prezzies…to yourself, or loved ones.





Vintage Conditions


The season started with a long and coolish lead up that gave the vines a chance to build up intensity and provide a strong depth of flavour; a necessity in any wine but particularly those intended for long bottle maturation; good winter and early spring rains started the season well. A warm January and February followed and most vineyards began to believe that picking would have commenced by the start of, to the middle of March. As has been happening over the last few years there then occurred a cooling off of the weather in March and then medium levels of rainfall started to occur delaying harvest firstly by a few days and then up to a week. Flavours thankfully because of the warm lead in were quite robust, and able to weather this cooling off period and continue their development through to a normal harvest time.

The commencement of April saw a deluge of rain with totals exceeding 200 mm; thankfully most of the fruit had been harvested excepting the later maturing varieties, though these varieties –such as Cabernet Sauvignon- have much thicker skins that enable them to withstand wet weather and with the onset of sunshine complete their development. We are grateful that the sun did decide to shine and the remainder of vintage passed without any more problems.

Fruit colours and intensities are greater than the previous 2 or 3 seasons and at this time the promise is for wines of wonderful promise. Whilst fermentation are still under way, it appears to be a vintage year similar to 1994, where there was an abundance of flavour and a depth of character in the wines that we all hope for.


By John Wade