• 1985

    Very good.  Great balance of rain and warmth right through growing season.  Wines of good colour, low pH musts and ample phenols.  Elegant wines of good keeping qualities.

  • 1984

    Cool spring, summer. Late budburst and harvest.  Elegant wines, lacking a little weight in chardonnays and reds but elegant sauvignon blancs.

  • 1983

    ‘El Nino’.  A very dry and windy spring and a dry, dry summer and autumn.  Wines of intense flavour and colour that are very slow developers.

  • 1982

    Very good.  Early budburst, a dry spring and warm weather until late March.  Heavy rain and strong winds in early April, but very clean crops and wines with good colour, fruit flavours and length.

  • 1981

    Wines of bigger weight, higher phenol and extract levels than 1980.  Slower developers with generally lower pH’s.  A wet winter in 1980 followed by an early budburst and flowering and a warm summer, but a cool, unsettled picking season.

  • 1980

    Forward, fruity wines of mid-weight and with elegant characters.  Cool spring and late summer with showery autumn.

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