The spring and summer were dry with rainfall less than usual and the mean daily temperature 1.5°C above the long term average. These conditions favoured a good fruit set and vineyard yields were above average. Despite the warmer ripening period, there was no significant heat spikes and the grapes could retain freshness and acidity. The grapes were hand-picked on March 9th, the earliest harvest date so far. The aromas begin with subtle creamy, nutty and toasty notes derived from barrel fermentation accompanied by zesty lemon pith.