Autumn 1997

Soil moistures were higher than in most years in the early part of this season, and they resulted in full vine canopies with the potential for ebullient varietal flavours at the '96 harvest. From March conditions were drier than average, resulting in small berries, which, in combination with the low cropping levels for most varieties (1.4 – 2.6T/acre), have produced wines with bold varietal flavours, average to high concentration and medium-term cellaring potential.