The rainfall during the winter of 1986 was low followed by a warm dry spring and a long hot summer. During the first half of the vintage the weather was extremely hot.
Sugar readings were high and colour extraction was good although the fermentations were fairly rapid. The weather broke during the middle of the vintage and rain fell from 23-26 September. However it then cleared and the remainder of the vintage was carried out in good conditions.
Yields and the overall quality of the wine were good.