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As we mark the halfway point of the year, everything is tracking well in the winery. Our 2021 Scarecrow Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé have both been bottled and will be hitting the shelves soon. The 2021 reds have all finished malolactic fermentation and are safely tucked in oak for the next 9-12 months. We use predominantly French hogshead barrels for the Pertaringa and Bec Hardy reds, with both new and old oak to best complement the fruit. The red wines are looking amazing this year and we’re excited to see what the next phase of maturation will bring for them. Our first red wine to bottle is the Lakeside Pinot Noir, which is our only red wine bottled in the same year that the grapes are picked. This Pinot Noir is medium-bodied, fruit focused and spends only a few months on French oak to give it a gentle oak influence that complements the fresh, spicy fruit flavours in the wine. The next few months in the winery will be focused mainly on the 2020 reds. The next steps for production will be to get these wines out of oak, blend and prepare them for bottling later in the year.
BHW winemaker, Bec Swincer