The 2012-2013 growing season was at a word &amp;ldquo;perfect&amp;rdquo;. a summer of endless blue skies, just like the people Jules recalls as a young child growing up in Marlborough. The growing season started off with strong spring growth so when the possibility of frost diminished rapidly, the florets on the vines began to show through in normal figures, their amount being subdued by the cold conditions of the previous 12 months. Weather in belated December had been warm, dry and settled &amp;ndash; perfect conditions for flowering with all the end result being an abundance of nice, fully set bunches of grapes. The summer continued into the pattern that had started in springtime therefore the long dry days rolled in. The possible lack of cloud address ensured that the nights stayed cool. This supplied great conditions for flavour development and acid retention in the grapes prior to harvest. The vintage was a fast and furious event with numerous varieties and vineyards ripening within days of each other, making for a crazy harvest period.