A very cold winter gave us a slow start to the growing season. Warm weather arrived right on time in December resulting in excellent conditions for flowering and a good fruit set across the subregions. Whilst it was considered a warm January, it was marked by a series of very cold southerlies which brought snow to the surrounding mountains and slowed growth. Late January, leading into veraison, we saw stable weather with consistently warm temperatures for the rest of the summer. Thus it is remembered as a "warmer" year despite the cool start and unusual cold shocks in January. The key months leading into harvest (February and March) had unusually warm night temperatures. This resulted in a harvest with full ripeness achieved on time despite the slow start to the season. The wines show magnificent structure and great ageing potential.