The warm settled weather in late November ’08 favoured a quick flowering and the prospect of adequate crops in the coming vintage. Warm weather during this period also makes a positive contribution to the creation of the following year’s flower buds and hence crop levels for vintage ’10. A very warm January and more than adequate soil moisture levels resulted in vigorous canopy growth and the need for much manual canopy work as well as bunch thinning plus bunch shoulder excision in most varieties- both early and later in the season. Vintage commenced on March 20 and ran about a week later than for ’08. It was satisfying for us that while this was a season in which botrytis rot was a real danger in Martinborough, our fruit was harvested in top condition without the need for chemical sprays against this disease. The shift towards a carbon zero product and the evolution of sustainable farming practices has been a quiet but gratifying success story under the guidance of Shayne.