The 2016 growing season started with a warm, dry Spring with overall good conditions for flowering and fruit set. Summer temperatures were 2 to 5°C warmer than average with rainfall in December down 83%. A mild January ensured slow flavour development, whilst retaining good grape acidity. Late January rains slowed down maturation with subsequent March rain pushing out picking dates. Overall 2016 is seen as an exceptional; vintage for both white and red grape varietals.