The 2013 vintage was the earliest vintage on record for Adelaida due to low winter rainfall (second consecutive drought year) and steady warmth throughout the growing season. The total yields were average and the quality of the fruit was excellent. We saw much to admire in 2013. The red berries had thick skins, which they synthesized as a result of several environmental and cultural factors, including sunlight, temperature, shoot positioning and low rainfall. The resulting wines have great color and extraordinary tannin. The white grapes benefited from cool nights, which helped retain their acidity, and careful farming, which kept leaf cover over the fruit to minimize sun damage. Our switch to night harvesting in 2013 kept the fruit nice and cool when it arrived at the winery.