After a difficult year in 2011, we attacked 2012 with a bias for action in the vineyards. As the season developed, we worked to keep the canopy opened, trimmed the long canes, keep the air flowing so we could manage the more humid conditions with minimal disease pressure. This paid off and as the season dried up and summer heated up, we had a fantastic looking vineyard and a great crop building up. The ripening was very early this year and we came to flavour maturity with all the varieties much earlier than in prior years. The quality of the fruit was really nice and selecting HD Shiraz was hard, all the fruit looked so good ! A nice change from 2011 when we had to forgo making HD Shiraz altogether.