With above-average winter rainfalls and cool conditions throughout spring,South Australia’s grape growing regions generally experienced a later budburst than usual. Meticulous vineyard management was critical. Soil moisture levels resulted in healthy shoot growth and early canopy development. Healthy growth continued during the cooler spring months with delayed ripening in the New Year. A few warm days at the end of January guaranteed the completion of veraison. Multiple rain events, that were often isolated, meant that attention to sub-regional detail was required and selective harvesting of pristine fruit was exercised. The focus tended to be on the warmer regions with McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley important contributors.