2014 was a very warm vintage. We had average winter rains, then a very dry spring and summer. Irrigation was the key, as we needed to keep the water upto the vines, to ensure the canopy’s and berries were kept healthy. Late January mother nature gave us 10 days of 40C weather. Mid February we had a heavy rainstorm. The Clare vineyards receiving upto 80mm of rain, whilst Eden Valley had 100mm of rain. Following the rain, we had further warm weather, giving all grape growers a challenge managing disease. Fortunately all the Rieslingfreak growers were on top of their spray programs, delivering healthy berries to the winery.