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A couple of weeks later than its McLaren Vale counterpart, our Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc was picked yesterday. This fresh and zesty cooler climate fruit from the Adelaide Hills makes up the majority of our Scarecrow Sauvingon Blanc, with a small percentage of McLaren Vale fruit adding intensity and texture.
It will be quite a busy time coming up in the winery, with a lot of our McLaren Vale Shiraz getting picked this week and next. The wines are showing great potential so far this year, the early colour and flavour in the Shiraz during ferment is looking very exciting!
Pinot Noir is making its way to the winery as I type – it was picked separately this morning (pictured above) for both a rosé wine and also a red wine. The strawberry and cherry flavours of Pinot Noir make it perfect for a rosé when the juice is pressed on arrival at the winery and fermented off skins. The remainder is fermented in small open fermenters on skins and will develop into a bright, aromatic and medium-bodied Pinot Noir with full-on cherry and spice notes.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvédre are both late ripening varieties and will be a couple of weeks away from picking. The consistent cooler weather is providing perfect ripening conditions at the moment, so fingers crossed that this continues for a bit longer.
All in all, the 2021 vintage is shaping up to be a great one and I look forward to keeping you updated on the progress as these wines develop!
BHW winemaker BecS
The McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula region is renowned for its breathtaking, natural beauty. With the arrival of cooler autumnal weather, what better way to take it all in than by lacing up your boots and setting off on one of the many walking trails the region has to offer? Whether you’re a beginner looking for a relaxed, casual stroll or an experienced hiker after some adventure, there’s a trail to suit everyone!
On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March, Bec Hardy invites the public to explore the grounds of her Tipsy Hill property for Open Gardens SA. This will be the first time in six years that this South Australian garden treasure is open to the public.
Tipsy Hill is a one-of-a-kind property atop a hill in Blewitt Springs, surrounded by vineyards with views across McLaren Vale and out to the Willunga Hills. Evocative of Mediterranean landscapes, the 2.5 acre garden incorporates winding paths, arches and a vineyard. Tipsy Hill is abundant with flowers, and also incorporates terraces for growing herbs and vegetables for the family to enjoy and for hosting their special intimate dinners for guests. The colourful flower-filled terraces are a maze of exciting smaller, almost secret gardens all linked by paths and offering a variety of seating spots which take advantage of the magnificent views.
The Pertaringa Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (rated 99 points by James Halliday) will be on tasting all weekend, together with other wines and food options. There’ll also be garden tours with Bec Hardy and head gardener Marian McDuie at midday and 3pm.
Tipsy Hill will be open on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March 2021 from 10am to 4.30pm both days. Download garden notes here.
Address: 309 Blewitt Springs Rd, Blewitt Springs SA 5171
Read the full story on Glam Adelaide here.
Full details are available on the Open Gardens SA website.
Do you have a bottle of wine sitting in your cellar that you’ve been waiting for that ‘perfect’ occasion to open? Wait no longer, as this February’s ‘Open That Bottle Night’ might just be it.
Started in 2000 by American wine journalists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, ‘Open That Bottle Night’ is the last Saturday in February every year and was developed to encourage the opening of ‘that bottle’ – the one that’s been sitting there too long. With the simple opening of a bottle of wine comes the sharing of old memories and the creation of new ones and that’s definitely a cause we can get behind. We believe wine is not just about the taste, the smell and the drink itself. It’s the shared experiences that cracking a bottle open creates.
How to get involved in ‘Open That Bottle Night’
How the world has changed since the last time the vineyard had just finished flowering in November 2019! And yet the vines are forging forward towards vintage 2021.
This growing season was off to a good start with the soil profile topped up with good winter rainfall. I always judge how wet a winter has been by the Clarendon weir and how often it overflows during winter – and this year was the first time in three years that I saw it overflow so that was good news.
Flowering has now finished throughout most of McLaren Vale and growers are eagerly monitoring their vineyards to see how the fruit set went. We did have some rain, then hot and windy conditions during flowering, which may have affected fruit set and could lead to lower crops in 2021 so we will wait and see how the vines coped with these conditions.
Our Tipsy Hill vineyard in Blewitt Springs has a permanent grass sward between the vine rows and this has been mown (or as we call in the industry, slashed) this week and we are going through and removing watershoots from the trunks. The vines are looking very healthy and because of the good winter rainfall we haven’t yet started irrigating, however, this will likely start in a few weeks’ time. We use drip irrigation and are careful with how much water we use in the vineyard since we a conscious about water usage.
Shoot growth has started slowing down now as the vines get ready to start focusing their energy towards the development of fruit, and I’m looking forward to see what the fruit set looks like this year!
Bec Hardy Wines is a proud sponsor of Nature Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation that invests in conserving, restoring and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna to ensure their survival. In October 2020, Bec was elected to serve on the board of Nature Foundation, which was co-founded by her grandmother Dr Barbara Hardy AO.
You can read all of Nature Foundation’s newsletters here, including the latest issue with a mention about Bec’s appointment to the board and how you can donate to the International Koala Centre of Excellence.
After James Halliday rated the Pertaringa Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 an amazing 99 points in his 2021 Wine Companion, he also included this wine is his Top 100 Wines in The Australian newspaper this weekend, again rated 99 points.
The Pertaringa cellar door remains open and COVID-safe, with plenty of outdoor seating and space to relax.
While technology has changed our lives for the better in many ways, there’s no denying that we could all do with a break from time to time. With the average person using their smart phone for over 3 hours a day and watching TV for up to 4 hours, it’s safe to say most of us could benefit from a digital detox. Immersing yourself in nature is one of the best and easiest ways to allow yourself to switch off and reconnect. Known as much for its natural beauty as its incredible wines, we firmly believe McLaren Vale is one of the best places to get back to nature. Here’s a few ideas to keep you busy when you put down the devices: