Spring 2000

The continuing La Nina allied with a positive phase of the Southern Oscillation provided moist growing conditions and less wind than usual throughout most of the 1999/2000 growing season. The result was the most vigorous growth we have seen since we planted vines in 1979. By March, however, conditions had dried out sufficiently for most vines to start experiencing a moisture deficit appropriate for the production of quality fruit at harvest. Intermittent light falls of rain through the harvest period were not enough to cause regrowth in the vines or threaten dilution in the wines, but under these conditions disease - particularly botrytis - remained a significant threat. Growing and vintage conditions were very similar to those of the excellent 1991 vintage, except that 2000 was a little warmer. Frost severely affected crop levels in two of our Craighall Pinot noir blocks and in our Craighall Chardonnay, so that both wines will be in relatively limited supply when released in 2001.