We can safely say it's been another top season after a year of above-average rainfall and a very cool spring and beginning of summer. Although we had a lot of rain just before crushing, it didn’t slow ripening down. The first day of harvest was Tuesday 8th February, the season starting a little later than normal due to the cooler weather. The vintage progressed relatively smoothly, only interrupted briefly by two rain events during the harvest.
This year we were excited to use a new harvester which made things a lot smoother in the vineyard, with better picking, cleaner fruit and more timely harvesting which is very important to optimise quality. We also used gondolas for the first time, making it safer and easier driving fruit to the winery.
We experienced record crop levels, especially for the whites, with excellent quality throughout. The standout variety being Pinot Grigio! Other varieties that look very good are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay for the whites, the Sangiovese Rose and Shiraz for the red. In a challenging time for growers, we were happy to continue to support our local growers who have produced excellent fruit, especially Shiraz.
The quality looks fantastic across the board. We eagerly await the results and expect to see some outstanding wines. We look forward to sharing the first of our 2022 releases as soon as late Autumn.