It was a very dry growing season with a cool spring and early Summer. Temperaturesrose in January and the mercury rose above 30¡ Celsius on a regular basis in Februaryand March. More days above 32¡C were experienced compared to the long term average.The cool conditions coupled with many windy days delayed the start of the vintage by7 — 10 days. Winter rainfall was average (629 mm) but the summer was much drier thanthe average. Early March showers refreshed and rejuvenated the late season varietieslike Cabernet. The cool spring resulted in small berries which always lead to moreconcentration of fruit flavour. The colour is very concentrated and the fruit is very dense.In the cellar cooler fermentations with more aeration made the Cabernets softer with juicyberry fruit. Overall the Cabernet is the standout red variety of the 2006 vintage.