On the nose, the 2021 vintage shows fragrant white peaches, white florals, with hints of ginger and ripe citrus. The palate is flavoursome and fleshy with a refreshing zingy finish.
It was a nervous start to the 2021 growing season with a significant frost just as some vine buds were starting to emerge. Then a cold snap occurred during the critical flower period and from then on, we knew crops were going to be low. The rest of the season was relatively kind with temperatures slightly above average and rainfall slightly below. With the low crops, we expected ripening to advance relatively quickly and that proved to be the case. The harvest wrapped up on March 25th - our earliest finish ever. Quality across the varieties is exceptional. The low crops certainly helped with concentration and we have made exceptional wines. There is a good range of aromas and flavours across a spectrum of ripeness, the wines of 2021 have the potential to be right up there with the best vintages of the last two decades. It is just a shame there is not much of it.
Fruit was machine picked, using a destemming harvester before being crushed prior to pressing. The racked and clarified juice was then cool fermented in a stainless steel tank using an aromatic yeast. A short period of maturation on yeast lees followed prior to bottling.
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