The 2005 vintage had a growing season of two distinctive climate halves. The spring and half of summer were cool and wet with record rainfalls in early February. Then the weather changed and we had a dry and mild autumn. The vintage commenced in the second week of April. The cropping levels were moderate with good flavour profile due to the mild ripening period and great colour accumulation in the pinots. The unusual thing about this vintage was that the sugar levels were always ahead of the flavour levels. This meant that picking by flavour gave us a higher alcohol content compared to normal years.