The 2016 vintage was one of the most challenging I have experienced in my winemaking career. The 70mm of rain at the winery in January began an unusual chain of events in the viticultural region.
Most of these events were really positive, and time will be the only judge of the vintage, however I for one are claiming it as a test of precision viticulture and excellent grapes allow my winemaking team to create great wines.
Great wines are not made, they are a flow of quality vineyard management, favourable weather condition and of course clever thoughtful winemaking.
My highlights for the 2016 vintage will be the fine acidity in the white wines, amazing colour in the reds, in fact to sum it all up - balance. Almost every batch of wine we made this year shows life and balance. I'm excited.