Bud burst is an exciting time as it signals the beginning of another year of grape growing and winemaking, but it can also be a nerve-wracking time due to the frosty mornings.


Some parts of the All Saints and St Leonards vineyards are planted across natural dips in the topography, where the cold air collects. If the air temperature drops below zero in these areas, the new buds on the vine can freeze. This in turn reduces, or completely destroys, the ability of the vine to produce bunches later in the season. Although new buds can be damaged by a frost for the current season’s growth, it is very rare for one frost to have an impact on two years’ crop.


So, while we’re excited about the 2018 vintage, we also have our fingers and toes crossed for a kind spring.