Temperatures in Marlborough were a few degrees higher than normal heading into spring. Moisture content in the soils were low which lead to an even bud burst in the vines. Below average rain fall continued from September to December, these settled weather conditions were ideal for flowering and a great fruit set. The Sauvignon flowered very close behind the other varieties, and we were beginning to worry that everything would be ready to harvest at the same time! Post flowering, the warmer temperatures continued but the dry conditions gave way to frequent rainfall which meant verasion was earlier than usual in Marlborough.
Due to the strong fruit set, colour thinning and fruit dropping were required in some of the blocks to ensure yields were kept down. With all of the rain that fell January to March, canopies were in excellent health all the way to harvest. The sizable rainfall events in late February and early March caused disease across the district, but luckily for this wine, disease equals deliciousness! And we were able to leave this botrytised fruit on the vines for a good amount of time to allow them over ripen and become more intensely sweet, fruity and sticky.