The season started with challenging weather events that included spring frosts at budburst and then hot and windy conditions during flowering. Although these don’t affect quality, they do negatively impact yields. At the end of the year and into the New Year bushfires blazed across Australia, having a devastating impact on people, wildlife, bushland and many wineries. In the Clare Valley, we were lucky and escaped the threat of fire but January delivered some wild weather. One minute we were experiencing searing heat and the next, heavy rain and chilly, gusty wind! February saw weather conditions return to normal and a nice fall of rain at the start of the month invigorated the vines prior to harvest commencing. As we headed into March, the weather remained relatively mild - ideal for ripening and harvest progressed smoothly and steadily. Meanwhile, the impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic resulted in social distancing policies and higher than normal hygiene measures during the controlled commotion of vintage. While it was a very tough year for growers, the quality of the fruit was high, which is heartening. Our winemaking team report that the wines from this vintage have wonderful colour, powerful concentration and varietal intensity.