VINTAGE 2015: A condensed vintage with full fat ¬flavour! A warmer than usual spring led to an early, yet even fl-owering and fruit set. Together with a dry season, this led to an early start to vintage despite mild conditions and welcome rainfall in January. With harvest progressing quickly, it was clear that yields were variable, but the wines showed full flavours. Low yielding BV Shiraz was rich, ‘modern classical’ and MV Cab was varietal and structured (reminiscent of 2005). Yields were up in Garnacha, Monastrell, EV Shiraz and Adelaide Hills, and thus looked less primary, more savoury, with good acid(reminiscent of 2002). So the upshot is we’ve almost got two vintages in one, with some diverse, full ¬flavoured wines. Lap it up!