The 2016 vintage was a vintage of two distinct halves. Winter & Spring were exceptionally dry & warm, with irrigation beginning earlier than Steve can ever recall. To answer our concerns, a number of rainstorms quickly changed everything, making 2016 one of the wettest and mildest ripening periods. It is rare to harvest in McLaren Vale with green, lush mid-rows in the vineyard. These cool, wet conditions saved our vines.
The interesting thing about all the 2016 reds is their huge, profound tannins most similar to 1996, where the early heat toughened up the skins.