We have just finished what could be best described as a vintage with a difficult start and a great finish. A warm humid summer resulted in high disease pressure. We therefore had to carefully sought all the fruit that was harvested in the Hunter. This process is difficult and very time consuming, however, the end results we are extremely happy with. The Pinot Grigio recently bottled looks great and although we have reduced quantities of Semillon and particularly Chardonnay they all have good flavour.
Dry warm conditions in the Central Ranges resulted in an early vintage, and by the time the Hunter finished it was ready to be harvested. All the fruit was in excellent condition and the Barbera towards the end was some of the best we have seen. We secured a small parcel of vermentino, a late maturing white variety and we are looking forward to releasing this interesting wine later in the year.