The growing season started with our dams at capacity. Overall, it was a good vintage for Ferngrove, despite some challenging conditions. The growing season was generally cool and dry. This kept disease pressure very low, but the cool weather during flowering caused the fruit set to be well below the long-term average.
The cooler season meant harvest commenced two weeks later than normal with the first lot of fruit coming into the winery at the end of February. A rain event in early March had no impact on fruit quality and was much appreciated by the red varieties. The exceptional management by the Ferngrove vineyard team, lower crop loads, and a bit of luck ensured the vines produced great fruit.