An even budburst and early strong growth was followed by warm conditions through November, December and January resulting in even flowering and fruit set.
Once past veraison, a dry autumn led to perfect ripening conditions, with the wet humid conditions that adversely affected many of Australia's warm climate wine regions during veraison not appearing in the high altitudes of the Southern Highlands, and therefore excellent clean fruit was harvested across all varieties with yields being average for a premium cool climate.
Vintage commenced with some of the best sparkling grape harvests ever seen. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were hand harvested for base wines in early March producing stunning wines destined for premium single vintage classification in the future.
The table wine harvest started in the early April with Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and continuing even dry conditions saw no major delays on the Pinot Gris, Reisling and Chardonnay harvests followed by the Pinot Noir, Merlot and finally Cabernet Sauvignon harvested in early May.
First impressions of the 2013 wines are of ripe fruit driven well balanced white wines with reds reaching mature ripe primary fruit characters and ripe tannins. In our opinion the 2013 vintage will be known for excellent sparkling wines and white wines of strong varietal aromas and flavours, as well as one of the best red wine vintages on record.