Following the extreme drought of 2003, the vineyards were in full recovery mode for the 2003/4 growing season. An early bud burst through the cool August and an unusually cool September set up a long growing and, therefore, ripening season. This trend continued during October and November but these months also brought timely and relieving rainfall which filled the soil profile with an ideal level of moisture. The month of December saw an increase in temperatures and low rainfall providing warm, dry growing conditions free of disease pressures. The 2004 vintage was an outstanding year for white varieties, Semillon and Chardonnay in particular, with wines showing excellent depth and length of flavour as well as excellent structure.