2018 was a vintage of two halves. There was exceptional warmth from Sep- tember through to late January, before a cool February and autumn. With the warm start we got underway early, and the potential crop was well set, yet small. Temperatures plummeted to below average in February and rainfall was well above average through harvest. Fortunately disease pres- sure remained low through the finish of the season, and the berry-ripening through the cooler summer-autumn period provided ripe, fresh characters.