Many were anxious that 2012 would prove as challenging as 2011, with heavy winter and spring rain. It wasn’t as warm during spring, so the risk of downy mildew was less and then January turned out to be one of the driest on record. Conditions thereafter (Apart from one seriously hot weekend in February) were very good for steady ripening. The accountants would prove to be a little unhappy, as the volume of fruit was somewhat down but this will please many consumers, as flavours are good, if a little slow to show themselves. This is a lovely, elegant, slow burning vintage.