The defining feature of the vintage is extreme weather, and the likelihood is that this could be replicated in years to come. The severity and permanence of drought are game changers. The industry’s forthcoming plans will involve rapidly reviewing appellation rules, to include
- A revised, modernised and suitable varietal range.
- Appropriate and imaginative vineyard management methods.
- Drip irrigation - a supply of water is becoming essential for the vine’s evaporation cycle to occur.