We are delighted to report that this has been a very good quality (potentially outstanding) vintage.
The growing season was quite dry throughout but devoid of damaging heatwaves, so we were able to pick the crop in perfect condition without hurry. It was a harvest on our terms! The wines are beautifully ripe and very pure in flavour, with good tannin structure for balance and I expect they will be slow maturing. They remind me at this early stage of the 2012 wines.
The quantity from our McLaren Vale vineyards has been good but at Langhorne Creek the crops were smaller than usual, especially the Shiraz. Thankfully we will have a Reserve Cabernet again in 2018, the Cabernet vineyards doing very well this year.