• Wix Facebook page
  • Wix Twitter page

2019**3 star

June was the coldest month during winter. October saw the first real warmth but this disappeared during November. The spring of 2019 was wet and still with temperatures near average. One damaging frost was recorded at the beginning of the growing season (13th of October). The summer of 2018 was typical with January slightly warmer and February slightly cooler. After a warm March (200.5 GDD's) - some 40% up on usual,  temperatures plummeted in April   down to an average daily temperature of 9.1C and only 22.3  GDD's. After average temperatures in Spring and Summer, the March heat would have been welcomed, only for temperatures to plummet in April. Plenty of rain in March followed by slow ripening in April would have caused disease problems in some vineyards.

 

Winter

The winter of 2018 was mild. May was cold with an average daily temperature of 6 C. June was the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of 2.6 C. Temperatures heated up from July to September (5, 5.7, 7.7). Overall, a mild winter with decent rainfall in July and September.

Spring

The spring of 2019 was wet and still. Rainfall was nearly double (207 mm) that falling in normal years and wind speed low especially in December around flowering.  The average daily temperature was typical with October and December slightly below average and November slightly above average. One damaging frost was recorded at the beginning of the growing season (13th of October). Overall spring 2019 provided good growing conditions.

Summer

The summer of 2018 was typical with January slightly warmer and February slightly cooler. The 95 mm of rain fell over summer mainly in January. Wind speed was lower than usual.  Overall growing conditions slowed during February.

Autumn

The autumn of 2018 provided good ripening conditions through March recording 200.5 GDD's -some 40% up on usual. 84 mm of rain fell in March. The temperatures plummeted in April   down to an average daily temperature of 9.1C and only 22.3  GDD's. Frosts plagued April with the first and hardest on the 6th and the 7th. Overall, a troubled Autumn.

2018***** 5 star

The winter of the the 2018 growing season was wet and warm. July was the coldest and wettest month recording a daily average temperature of 3.0 C and 108 mm rainfall. Early spring rains charged the soils and warm conditions (21 GGD's recorded in September) made for a good start to the season. Spring was hot and dry with only 75 mm of rain falling and accumulated GGD's some 50% up on normal. Brutal January temperatures (GGD's 60% up on normal) came to an end In February which recorded 25% less GGD's than normal. Welcome rain in February (123mm) ended the dry conditions prevailing during spring and early summer periods. Autumn provided good ripening conditions and with harvest up to a month early, most fruit was harvested by mid April when a series of frost brought close to the season. Overall the 2018 growing season provided excellent conditions.

Winter

The winter of 2018 was wet and warm. May was cold with an average daily temperature of 5.9 C and 18 morning that were recorded below freezing. June was mild  and July was the coldest and wettest month with a daily average temperature of 3.0 C and a rainfall of 108mm. Temperatures heated up in August (average daily temperature 6.6 C) and 20.6 GGD's were recorded in September with a daily average temperature of 8.7 C. Overall, a mild winter with good rainfall in July and August.

Spring

The spring of 2018 was very hot and dry with only 75 mm of rain recorded over the period. The average daily temperature was above average for October, November and December and accumulated heat (GDD’s) over the same period was 50% higher than normal. Spring winds were less than usual and no damaging frosts were recorded. Overall spring 2018 provided excellent growing conditions with flowering two - three weeks earlier than usual.

Summer

The summer of 2018 was of two halves. January was very hot recording 377 GGD's, 60% warmer than average and February 166 GGD's, 25% cooler than average. The 123 mm of rainfall over summer fell mainly at the beginning and end of February.  Overall growing conditions slowed during February.

Autumn

The autumn of 2018 provided good ripening conditions until frosts mid April. Very little rain fell during March and April and GGD's were close to typical. Overall, a good ripening season prior to the frosts.

2017 ** 2 star

The winter of the 2017 vintage was mild. July was the coldest, windiest and wettest month with 63% of the entire winter rainfall falling over the last two weeks. September was warm recording a very high daily average temperature of 9.7 C. This didn't last long, as the spring conditions were significantly cooler than average. Cooler conditions resulted in poor set and lower yields. On the positive side, no damaging frosts were recorded after budburst. Cool summer conditions continued the theme with 20% fewer heat units recorded during January and February. The autumn of  2017 provided normal average daily temperatures but a light frost on the 7th of April and rain during the middle of April made the harvest period tougher. Lighter crops would have allowed earlier ripening with many vineyards avoiding the rain in April. Overall, 2017 was  not a great growing season.


Winter

The winter of the 2017 vintage was mild. July was the most eventful month with 63% of the entire winter rainfall falling over the last two weeks. It was also the coldest month and windiest month recording a warm average daily temperature of 4.5 C and an average wind speed of 9.2 km/hr.  August was dry getting only 4 mm of rainfall and September was warm recording a blistering daily average temperature of 9.7 C. Overall 2017 was a warm, dry winter.
 

Spring

The spring of 2017 was cooler than average. Despite a warm September and a typical October, November and December were cool. The accumulated heat (GDD’s) for November was nearly 30% lower and December nearly 20% lower than average. Spring winds were less than typical and no damaging frosts were recorded after budburst. Overall spring 2017 cool and frost free.

Summer

Cool summer conditions resulted in 20% fewer heat units recorded. Solid rainfall during January (76 mm) was followed by low rainfall in February (20mm). Average wind speed was normal for summer. Overall, summer 2017 provided cool conditions and followed a cool spring.

 

Autumn
The autumn of 2017 provided fair ripening conditions. Both March and April provided normal average daily temperatures. A light frost on the 7th week of April put everyone on alert and after rain during the middle of April there was an risk of disease pressure.  Overall, a adequate ripening season.
 

2016 ***** 5 star
The 2016 winter was long and mild. While July was the coolest month (3.6 C), warm average daily temperatures were the likely result of elevated averages wind speeds keeping cloud/inversion away. Cool conditions extended into September with lower than average ground temperatures marginally delaying budburst. Spring conditions were very dry with only 74 mm of rain falling from the beginning of September until the end of December. Over the same period temperatures and wind were typical and only one light frost was recorded on the 30th of October. A mild, dry January  was followed by a very hot February (291 GGD's). A warm, frost free conditions continued into autumn resulting  in  an excellent growing season.

Winter

The winter of 2016 was mild but long. Winter set in during May with wet, cold conditions and persisted through until October. The coldest month was July recording a modest average daily temperature of 3.6 C. The average wind speed did not drop below 7.2 km/hr and is the likely reason for a lack of cloud/inversion during June and July resulting in fine, blue afternoons and higher average daily temperatures. Cool ground temperatures during September did nothing to encourage budburst.
 

Spring

The spring of 2016 was very dry with only 74 mm of rain recorded from the 1st of September until the 31 December. The average daily temperatures and accumulated heat (GDD’s) was close to average with October marginally warmer and November marginally cooler.  Spring winds died down in December and the only one light frost was recorded on the 30th of October. Overall spring 2016 provided good growing conditions.

Summer

A mild, dry January was followed by a hot February. GDD's in February were 40% higher than average. Overall the summer of 2016 provided very good growing conditions.

Autumn

The autumn of 2016 provided good growing conditions until the 2nd week of May when a heavy frost occurred (6th). Until this point, temperatures were warm and wind speed was normal.  Only 63mm of rain fell until the second week of May, then a further 95 mm fell in May. Overall, a good ripening season. ")
 

2015 *** 3 star

The winter period of the 2015 season was dreary and wet through until the 2nd week of August.  Temperatures then began to rise, however ground temperatures remained cool in September which most likely retarded the onset of budburst. October provided good growing conditions but deteriorated in November which recorded low temperatures and numerous light frosts. Conditions finally improved in December which was hot and dry and provided good conditions for flowering. A hot dry summer was followed by a warm autumn and providing crop yields were well managed and fruit was harvested by the third week of April (frosts were recorded on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th of April) grapes would have been of high quality. The heavy frost on the 16th essentially marked the end of the season. Overall, the 2015 season was marked by a cool spring, a hot summer and a warm autumn which all came to a close after the 16th April.

 

Winter

The winter period of the 2015 began with a mild but dreary June with cloudy dull days making it seem colder than it actually was (average day temperature 5.5 C). July was the coldest month (average daily temperature 2.8 C) and the cold weather continued through August (average daily temperature 4.6 C) into September when the temperatures started to rise during the second week (average daily temperature 8.0 C). Temperatures dropped below freezing on all but 16 days from the end of June through until the second week of September. While June (115 mm) and the first fortnight of August (58 mm) were wet, only a further 42 mm fell over the winter period resulting in low soil moisture levels coming into spring. Average wind speed progressively increased from June (4.5 km/hr) to September (9.4 Km/hr). Soil temperatures raised from 5.0 C in August to a modest 8.0 C in September likely retarding the onset of budburst.

Spring

After good growing conditions in October, November was cold and windy and blighted with light frosts during the first two weeks. Conditions improved during December and after a cold night on the 2nd the rest of the month was hot and dry. This allows for a good, compact flowering. While conditions improved dramatically during December the cold November resulted in a cool spring period.

Summer

A hot, dry January was followed by a mild February. Both Rainfall and the average wind speed were lower than usual over the summer period. Overall the summer of 2015 provided good growing conditions.

Autumn

The autumn of 2015 provided good growing conditions until the 3rd week of April when a heavy frost occurred (16th). Until this point, temperatures were warm and wind speed was normal.  The average rainfall increased by the month with 22 mm falling in March, 45 mm in April and 79mm in May. Overall, a good ripening season if crop levels were managed (including bunch shoulders) and grapes were harvested before the middle of April.
 

2014 **** 4 star

The winter period of the 2014 season was warm.  June and July were wet with, 133 mm and 73 mm respectively, and after good snows in June (3.3 C), the temperatures rose in July (6 C) to record highs dismissing hopes of a great ski season. August was warm and September typical with little rain falling over these months.  Warm conditions continued during spring with good heat accumulation during October-December. Rain came at the end of October charging soils and warm soil temperatures during November promoted early growth. With only two mild frosts recorded on 16th and 28th October and lighter than normal winds the spring weather conditions provided a very good start to the 2014 growing season. This was soon to change as cool overcast conditions over the first three weeks of January resulted in 20% fewer heat units recorded. Temperatures warmed at the end of January and by the end of February heat units were only ten percent down on normal. While rainfall in January was normal (51 mm), little rain fell during February (6 mm). Unfortunately there was to be no catch up during the autumn period with normal temperatures recorded during March, April and May. While temperatures were normal over the ripening period, rainfall progressively increased with 15mm recorded in March, 52 mm in April and 104 in May. The first damaging frost was recorded on 24th April.  Overall, the 2014 season provided good growing conditions thanks largely to a very good spring period.

Winter

The winter period of the 2014 harvest was warm and, wet during the first two months and dry during the second two months.  June was wet (133mm) and dull and was the coldest month with an average daily temperature of 3.3 C. Great snow fall during June heralded what was thought to be a great ski season but warm temperatures in July and little rain in August and September changed this. The average daily temperature during July was a warm 6.0 C and August 7.2 C. Temperatures during September were mild. Rainfall in July was a hefty 72mm and August and September were relatively dry with 29 and 33 mm respectively.

Spring

The spring of the 2014 growing season was warm and calm. Good heat accumulation was (GDD’s) recorded during each of the three months (October-December) and winds were significantly lighter than normal (6.6 km/hr average wind speed recorded in December). Good rainfall charged the soils at the end of October and warm soil temperatures during November promoted growth and likely contributed to a largely frost free spring period (two mild frosts on 16th and 28th October). Overall, spring weather conditions provided a very good start to the 2014 growing season.

Summer

Cool overcast conditions over the first three weeks of January resulted in 20% fewer heat units recorded during the month. While temperatures rose during the last week of January, and warm conditions were recorded during most of February, they began to taper off again at the end of the month. Ten percent fewer heat units were recorded over the summer period. Typical rainfall during January (51mm) was followed by low rainfall in February (6mm). Lower wind speeds were recorded over both months. Overall, summer 2014 provided mixed growing conditions with cool, unstable conditions slowing growth during January and warm dry conditions getting things back on track during February.

Autumn

The autumn of 2014 had normal temperatures and wind speeds for this time of the year and rainfall progressively increased over the period with 15mm recorded in March, 52 mm in April and 104 mm in May. While cold overnight temperatures were recorded on the 1 and 26th of March it wasn’t until the 24th of April did the first damaging frost occur. This was followed a run of frosts at the end of the month that extended into May. Overall, if fruit was picked by the middle of April, the autumn season provided good ripening conditions.
}

if ((yr==2013)&&(so==0)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("Season rating****(4 star). A mild, dry winter ended with September rains and increasing winds. Despite a hot Christmas day, cold conditions dominated the spring period and not until after a wet first fortnight of January did summer begin. Temperatures then remained hot until the end of March. A dry harvest period resulted in excellent growing conditions; however significant frosts during the beginning of April challenged many growers. Overall the 2013 season provided excellent growing conditions and if spring and autumn frosts were avoided or mitigated fruit quality was high.");
}
if ((yr==2013)&&(so==1)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The winter of the 2013 harvest was mild. Temperatures dropped significantly after the first week of June making it the coldest month (3.6 C) and began to rise again after the first week of July.  July, usually the coldest month, recorded a very mild 3.8 C. After very little rainfall during July (24mm) and August (21mm) the skies opened in September with 76 mm recorded. Although September was wet, this didn’t seem to significantly cool ground temperatures which rose from 3.5 C in July to a warm 8.7 C in September.  As usual low average wind speeds between June and August increased in September as the beginning of the growing season approached. Overall, the mild winter and warm September did not delay on onset of budburst.");
}
if ((yr==2013)&&(so==2)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The spring season of the 2013 was relatively cool compared to other seasons. This was largely due to cooler temperatures during November. Despite the spring period being relatively frost free overnight temperatures plummeted on 4 November causing significant damage across the region. Mild frosts were also recorded during the mornings of the 6th and 7th. While adequate rain fell during October and November, December was dry and hot around Christmas .  Spring winds eased during December. Overall, a slow start to the 2013 growing season.");
}
if ((yr==2013)&&(so==3)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("After a cool/wet start, the summer of 2013 was hot and dry. The average daily temperature was 17.2 C for January and 18.3 C for February, with the accumulated summer heat units (GGD’s) 5% above on the long term average. Most of the rain fell during the first half of January (78mm) and, besides 37 mm of rain falling on 4 February, the rest of the summer period was hot and dry. The average wind speed was lower than average with 8.1 km/hr recorded in January and 5.2 km/hr in February. Overall summer 2013 was very agreeable providing excellent growing conditions.")
}
if ((yr==2013)&&(so==4)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The 2013 autumn season was warm and dry. The daily average temperature during March was 40 GGD’s above the long term average and April was slightly above average. Despite the warm average temperatures and still conditions, a cold Antarctic air steam at the beginning of April delivered freezing overnight temperatures that challenged many growers. Heavy frosts during the first week of May brought a close to the season with average daily temperatures dropping 4.4 C from those in April. Overall, the autumn season was a very good for those able to avoid the damaging frosts.")
}
if ((yr==2012)&&(so==0)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("SEASON RATING *** (3 star).  After a mild and dry winter, spring rains fell over October and November. A cold polar blast during the beginning of November resulted in a frost on the morning of the 5th, however besides this, only two other mild frosts occurred during the spring period. This changed in December which was hot and dry, accelerating growth and providing a good flowering conditions.  Summer was mild with warm nights propping up average daily temperatures. Light winds and moderate rainfall made for an agreeable summer period.  While March was cool with generous rainfall, a fine April provided a great finish to the season. The first significant frosts occurred on the 18th, 19th and 20th April (-2.5 C). Overall, a hot December and fine April contributed to a very good growing season.");
}
if ((yr==2012)&&(so==1)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The winter of the 2012 harvest was dry and mild. Besides heavy rains (79mm) during the second week of July only a further 38mm fell over the winter period. As usual July was the coldest month with a mild average daily temperature of 3.1 C. Soil temperatures rose from 4.0 C in August to a modest 8.0 C in September and early spring winds were lighter than usual.");
}
if ((yr==2012)&&(so==2)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The spring season of the 2012 harvest provided good growing conditions. While generous rain and mild temperatures prevailed during October and November, December was very dry and hot.  A cold polar blast on 4 November resulted in a frost on the morning of the 5th and besides two mild frosts during October the season was largely frost free.  Spring winds were lighter than usual and flowering was early. Overall, a very good start the growing season.");
}
if ((yr==2012)&&(so==3)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The 2012 summer period was agreeable with moderate temperatures, little wind and average rainfall. The average daily temperature was 17.2 for both January and February with accumulated heat units (GGD’s) down 5% on the long term average. Warm nights propped up the average daily temperatures, as high afternoon temperatures were seldom recorded. Rainfall was average for the period (January 56 mm and February 32 mm), however monthly wind speeds were low at 6.5 km/hr and 4.8 km/hr for January and February respectively.  Overall summer 2012 was stable and pleasant with no extreme temperatures, wind or rain events.");
}
if ((yr==2012)&&(so==4)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The 2010 autumn season began with a cool March and finished with fine “Indian summer” period over April allowing the grapes to fully mature before the winter frosts. A generous 53 mm rain fell during March followed by a modest 19mm during April. While April was very still and fine, the first significant frosts were recorded on the 18th, 19th and 20th April (-2.5 C). Overall a very good autumn period with this largely due to great weather during April.")
}
if ((yr==2011)&&(so==0)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("SEASON RATING *** (3 star).  After a slow start to the season (delayed budburst) the Spring period was very hot and dry. This changed dramatically after an early flowering when 126 mm of rain fell during the last week of December. The rains continued through January, February and March with higher than normal monthly amounts recorded. Temperatures and wind speed over the same period were below average. The rain stopped in April and while pleasingly late (last days of April), the first frosts were heavy and essentially brought the season to a close. Overall - after a promising start, the 2011 proved difficult with cooler Summer/Autumn temperatures and high rainfall.");
}
if ((yr==2011)&&(so==1)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The winter of the 2011 harvest was wet, cloudy and still. The coldest average daily temperature was July 2.7 C closely followed by June 2.8 C. Despite only 9 mm of rain falling in July, June (70 mm), August (105 mm) and September (56 mm) all had solid rainfall. June and July had very little wind, increasing slightly in August before rising sharply in September around the Spring equinox. Soil temperatures bottomed out at 2.2 C in July, increasing to only 7.7 C in September. Wet soils and cooler temperatures delayed budburst around the region.");
}
if ((yr==2011)&&(so==2)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("Overall, Spring 2011 was hot, dry and very favorable. Despite a warm start to the growing season budburst was delayed. This was thought to be due late winter rains, saturating soils, suppressing soil temperatures in October. In contrast to high late Winter rainfall,  only 26 mm fell from 1 October to 20 December. As soils dried, soil temperature rose quickly, increasing from 10.1 C in October to 13.7 C November. Increasing temperatures were accompanied by rapid canopy growth and an early flowering. While October and December were warm, November was hot with 196 GGD’s recorded during the month. When the rain finally came (21 December), temperatures plummeted and 126 mm fell in 7 days. Fortunately flowering was complete at this stage. The spring season was largely frost free with single frost during October (20th) and three mild frosts – with temperatures just nudgeing zero - during November (6, 7 and 22). Average monthly wind speeds were low for the period and peaked during September at 10.1 km/hr. Warm Spring conditions and an early flowering augur good crops, and given that conditions remain warm, excellent quality.");
}
if ((yr==2011)&&(so==3)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The 2011 summer period was cooler and wetter than average. After a hot spring the season stalled and by the end of January/early February temperatures began to decline. Both January and February recorded lower GDD’s and windspeed and higher rainfall than average. Overall the summer period provided adequate heat and more than enough rain.");
}
if ((yr==2011)&&(so==4)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The Autumn season was wet and cool, with the high monthly rainfalls continuing until the end of March. High levels of vine canopy moisture over the Summer/Autumn period resulted in significant disease pressure across the region. While the rain stopped in April, temperatures remained cool. The first damaging frosts didn’t arrive until the end of April.");
}
if ((yr==2010)&&(so==0)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("SEASON RATING *****(5 star). Spring was cloudy and largely frost free with temperatures marginally below the long term average. October was very still and cloudy and November dry. Much needed rain arrived in December and a cool morning on the 21st surprised many people. Overall, Spring was mild and a touch on the cool side. The beginning of Summer was wet and overcast and these conditions continued through until the last week of January. This was followed by a month of fine, hot weather. March and April were dry and warmer than average. Finally, on ANZAC weekend (25th April), the skies opened and the rain fell heavily for three days. While the ripening period was largely frost free, two frosts early in April put growers on guard. Summer and Autumn periods were warmer than average and overall the 2010 season was warm and the quality high.");
}
if ((yr==2010)&&(so==1)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The winter of the 2010 harvest was dry and temperatures typical after a cold start in June(average daily temperature of 1.5 C). Despite a wet August 83 mm, the other months had average or below rainfall. The average ground temperatures rose from 2.5 C in July to 8.0 in September and the wind increased from a very low 3.2 km/hr (average speed) in June to normal levels July through September.");
}
if ((yr==2010)&&(so==2)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("Spring season of the 2010 harvest was cloudy and largely frost free with temperatures dropping below zero on the 5 and 30 October, 17 November and surprisingly, a mild frost was recorded on the 21 December. The average soil temperature for October was 9.9 C and 12.8 for November. October was cloudy with little wind and November dry. Much needed rain (37mm) arrived 9 December. Overall, Spring was mild and a touch on the cool side with temperatures marginally below the long term average.");
}
if ((yr==2010)&&(so==3)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The Summer of the 2010 harvest was hot and fine after a wet start. During the first two weeks of January a significant 63mm of rain fell and a hail storm on the 11th caused concern for some growers. This changed dramatically at the end of January when temperature rose and hot and fine days (30+ C) dominated through to the end of February, whereupon the conditions became overcast and windy but still hot. Overall the heat summation over the Summer month was 40 units above the long term average");
}
if ((yr==2010)&&(so==4)){
document.vintage.msummary.value=("The Autumn season was warm with above average temperatures that continued through until May. Light frosts on the 7 and 8 April put the region on alert, however this was largely unwarranted as the next frost wasn't until May after most grapes had been harvested. Little rain from March to the end of April saw soils drying out, stressing young and unhealthy vines. This all changed over ANZAC weekend (25th April) when the rain persisted for five days. Overall, a great ripening season, especially if you brought your grapes in before the rain.");
}
if ((yr==2009)&&(so==0)){


2009 *** 3 star

After a warm start to the season daily temperatures dropped during December (flowering) and were accompanied by 112 mm of rainfall (three times the average). Cool, wet conditions during this period slowed heat accumulation and resulted in a lack lustre spring period. A cool, wet January was followed by an even cooler February. This weather continued into March and although April was warmer than average, overall 2009 can be considered a cool year.");

Winter
The Winter season of the 2009 harvest was mild and atypically, June recorded a higher than average daily temperature than August. Temperatures rose in September, so too did the winds which started to blow around the equinox (22nd September). September recorded the most rainfall over the four months of winter and soil temperatures rose from 3.8 C in July to 8.5 C in September.

 

Spring
The 2009 spring season was mottled with light frosts during October and a single heavy frost on 8 November. After a cool October, above average  temperatures in November resulted in a good growing month. Dry conditions ended in December when it rained every 4-5 days (112 mm for the month). Despite there being less wind than average, the wet December dragged out flowering and set, causing variability in berry maturity which was especially evident at veraison.

 

Summer

The summer season of 2009 was cool and wet with 40 mm of rainfall in January and 49 mm in February. Despite half a dozen hot days in January, temperatures remained below 30 C for the remainder of January and February with the total GGD's recorded over the Summer 10% lower the the long term average.

 

Autumn

The Autumn season was cool with the exception of April which was slightly warmer than the long term average. While temperatures threatened to fall below freezing on the mornings of the 22 and 23 March, it wasn't until 9 and 10 April did the first light frosts occur. This was followed up by heavy frosts on the mornings of the 20 - 24 April. The average wind speed over the ripening period was lower than average and rain during April and May was heavier than usual.");

2008 **** 4 star

After a cool October, warm temperatures in November prevailed until Christmas. A late frost on 28th November caught many growers out, and dry conditions necessitated irrigation in many vineyards. Overall, spring conditions were very favourable with a good flowering and high heat accumulation during the early season. A hot January and warm February were followed by moist conditions during March (around Easter) and dry, stable but cooler conditions in April. Five light to moderate frosts at the end of the season had growers on tender hooks. Overall the 2008 Vintage was hot and productive.


Winter 

Unavailable
 

Spring

The Spring season began cool in October with temperatures rising in November and continuing through to Christmas. Besides a late frost on 28th November catching many growers out, spring conditions were very favourable with a good flowering and high heat accumulation during the early season.
 

Summer
The 2008 Summer season was very warm with above average temperatures in January and average temperatures in February

Autumn
The Autumn season was largely stable and dry. Whereas the Spring and Summer seasons were very warm, the Autumn season was relatively cool.  Moist conditions during March (around Easter) punctuated the dryness and five light to moderate frosts during April had growers on tender hooks.