Vintage finally got (seriously) underway yesterday at Coldstream Hills, almost one month later than last year. The small House Block chardonnay produced eight tonnes of immaculate fruit, with great flavour and balance. This is the greatest amount off this 25-year-old block, which has always been a cornerstone for the Coldstream Hills Reserve Chardonnay. With all the rain (needless to say, irrigation has not been used in any of the vineyards this growing season) the concern was that berry-size would be inflated, and the ratio of juice to skin and pip reduced. In fact, the berries are small, but very even. It was the even nature of the bunches, and their number, which gave rise to the crop.