Autumn 2003

In 2002, easy growing conditions during spring were followed by benevolent warm weather through the early December flowering. This gave rise to generous crops which were adequately sustained by the continuing rain and humid conditions for most of the summer. The combination of large canopies and the dry spell which followed this through to vintage, has given full-flavoured wines with good extract which are approachable now and appear to have at least medium-term cellaring prospects. This is in contrast to the 2001 vintage which also followed a drought but in that year canopies were much smaller and the final wines, while also ending up with good concentration, were more floral in style, and elegant in flavour with taut structures which appear to be suited for longer term cellaring.