The summer prior to our 2018 harvest showed steady rainfall up to Christmas - regular but not excessive as in 2017.  This augured very well for a perfect harvest.  However, we then experienced a period of severe drought which lasted well into April.  This resulted in reduced yields particularly for Shiraz.  Our harvest finished as usual with our Eden Valley Grenache, Barossa Valley Grenache and Barossa Valley Mataro being picked in the very first few days of May.  Generally the fruit quality was excellent and 2017 wines should be of top quality.