Vintage 2021 update from Winemaker Bec Swincer
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