The season started well with very good bud break, but then the cold November and cool December reduced the set at flowering, especially with those varieties such as merlot and chardonnay which tend to react adversely to cold winds in the late Spring.  In January, we had the same sunshine hours as for 1991, but without those days when the temperature is nearer 40 than 30, and then, late in February, and on into March, the westerlies blew.  For the most part, it remained fine and warm, a trend which continued on until about the 9th May.  We started harvest on the 24th March, three days later than in 1991, and finished on the 8th May, a week or so later than usual.

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