Good winter and early spring rains were followed by a generally dry and temperate growing season. Good flowering conditions, particularly for the later ripening varieties, resulted in higher berry numbers per bunch. Canopies developed well and were balanced to the slightly above average yields. We started harvest with Pinot Noir for Rosé on the 3rd of February and finished with Touriga Nacional for red on the 8th of April. Slow and steady ripening, without excessive heat events, resulted in superb varietal fruit intensity with balanced natural acidity and fine tannin structures. The 2021 McLaren Vale vintage was simply outstanding and the resulting wines a joy to craft.
John Davey – Director of Winemaking & Viticulture. Shingleback Wine.