It is always a happy day when the harvest is completed. After five challenging years of draught fire and wind, we finally had what we used to call normal. The weather was good without heat spikes, rain, high winds, or fire threat. It came a few weeks earlier than expected and was completed in 18 days. Still, we had plenty of time to pick individual lots at optimal ripeness spaced at intervals that allowed us to manage fermentation and presses without rushing. Like always, I was able to apply a few new changes to the process that will provide more blending options and result in even better wines.