At the other extreme of the nation's weather stats, Central Otago had low rainfall from December through February, with 44.4mm of rain (37% of the LTA) in the 82 days from 1 December to 20 February.
A cooler summer and long warm autumn made for elegant wines with lots of flavour concentration at lower alcohol levels.
The usual issues around labour created a lot of challenges through the growing season, with rapid canopy growth proving difficult to get under control. This followed through to harvest, with some growers suffering significant losses due to late season botrytis and a lack of available pickers at critical times.
& The Awesome
Once again, the spirit of the Waitaki shone through, with great collaboration and sharing of knowledge and resources between vineyards through the growing season and harvest. For growers who managed to get their fruit harvested in the critical window, the young wines are stunning - explosively aromatic whites and delicate, poised Pinot Noirs.