Vintage Report 2002


After an extremely dry winter and a frost on 22 October, the four summer rains (which totalled about 30 mm), provided relief. The ripening season was one of the coolest in 10 years. The cool summer, a very windy fruit set and flowering period resulted in tonnages which were slightly below average. Due to the cool summer, the general harvest started three weeks behind last year and two weeks behind normal. This has allowed, however, good flavour development and excellent natural acids.