The third vintage where both a Reserve and the usual blend were produced. The difference was simply that the Reserve saw more time in oak. Both wines, which were identical blends, spent two years in oak, half of which was new. The Reserve was usually then transferred to all-new barrels for a further year. In this vintage, it spent an extra 11 months in oak. Alcohol was 13% and the wine was a blend of 65% Cabernet, 30% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Harvest was the first week of April, though the Merlot came in a little earlier. Yields were higher than usual with 2.9 tonnes/acre for Cabernet, 4.2 tonnes/acre for Merlot and 4 tonnes/acre for the Franc. At one stage, it looked like it might be an extremely difficult vintage, even though a mild and dry summer was an ideal start, with Cyclone Vincent bearing down on the region, but in the end there were only a few showers during the harvest. These helped rather than hindered and 1990 kicked off a dream decade for excellent vintages.