Warm spring temperatures this year lead to bud break ten days earlier than usual, followed by an early, quick flowering. The last substantial rainfall of summer was mid December. January was dominated by ash from the Australian bushfires drifting across and causing some cooler cloudy weather to keep the vineyards green. However, the season warmed up heading into February, meaning the grapes went through veraison in very good, clean condition. and the later part of the season was fairly dry with just a few light showers through March. In the last week or so the nights cooled off, allowing extra time for flavour development heading into harvest. Merlot grapes for The Jules Rosé were picked on 14th March, similar to last year, and thankfully well ahead of the country going into lockdown. The weather played its part superbly and the mild, dry conditions meant that the fruit was harvested in perfect condition.