Mild late winter and early spring weather resulted in an early budburst for sparkling varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and this continued with earlier than usual flowering in October.
Despite a heatwave in November and December, milder temperatures returned for the critical veraison period which set the scene for a vintage of great potential.
Harvest of sparkling varieties began in early February on the Yarra Valley floor, and approximately 14 days later in the Upper Yarra, Strathbogie Ranges and Whitlands High Plateau. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for still wines followed by another two weeks. Good canopy cover, cool nights and consistent temperatures at harvest completed another excellent vintage.