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The 2021 vintage is shaping up to be a great one with steady growing conditions, no major weather events and a cooler harvest period leading to great colour, natural tannins and good acid retention. No significant rain during vintage also meant very low disease pressure.
Harvest started in early February and everything has now been picked and gone through fermentation. Our Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have been blended and stabilised, and are being prepared for bottling in June. All the reds are in oak and going through secondary malolactic fermentation.
All in all, the 2021 vintage is looking like it might be one of the best in the last 10 years!
As part of a six generation farming business, we embrace sustainable viticulture and we’re proud of our connection to the land. South Australia’s wine regions offer some of the world’s most ancient soils and we pay respect to this land by using predominantly organic products, regular vineyard and weather monitoring, and adopting integrated pest management practices in the vineyard.
All blocks are picked, crushed and fermented separately with gentle handling to prevent harsh extraction of phenolics before being matured in small batches. Each batch is treated individually with techniques such as whole bunch, cold soak, separation of pressings and varying oak treatments, resulting in hundreds of different wine parcels that allow us to produce the best blends possible for the final wine. Our aim is to produce wines that display their true varietal characters, with good palate weight and complexity, as well as being food friendly.
It’s that time of year again – time for the Birds in Backyards Autumn Survey! Take 20 minutes out of your day in a location where you can view birds – your backyard, workplace, park or school – and count how many of each bird species you an see. Then simply jump on the Birds in Backyards website and follow the instructions on how to enter your survey data.
This is a great way to spend some time with family and friends outdoors, or simply a way to take some time out of your busy day and reconnect with nature. Happy bird watching!
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.
As part of this event at Tipsy Hill, Open Gardens SA and Bec Hardy Wines will run a photo competition where you can win a bottle each of the 2016 and 2017 vintages of the single vineyard Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. So bring your camera to Tipsy Hill and snap away – there’ll be plenty of stunning photo opportunities!
Win a 2-pack of the award-winning Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon valued at $590!
To enter the competition, email high resolution images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Terms and Conditions
Images must be a minimum of 1MB
Images must be taken during the event at Tipsy Hill
Entries close midday 30th April 2021
The winner will be notified on 7th May 2021 by email
Judges decision will be final and no discussion will be entered into
By entering, you agree to Bec Hardy Wines and Open Gardens SA using images for promotional purposes
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.