Pale to mid golden yellow with a green fleck. Fruit driven with abundant Honeysuckle, nectarine, ripe apple and rock melon. A subtle mandarin blossom lift adding dimension to the nose. Nougat, hazelnut praline and some yeast lees notes. Aromatic complexity but fruit to the fore. Plush and silky entry with ripe melon and layers of bread dough like texture with underlying acid line. Limey exit. Quite generous yet focused with supple tension. Very subtle oak influence, in fact, more barrel than oak. Long and silky finish.
The 2021 vintage was the first after a substantial 4-year drought and the devastating Black Summer bushfires of the 19/20 summer. Those fires were doused by solid rainfall throughout February and March 2020. However, it was the July and October 2020 rains that set up the 21 harvest. We were well in the grips of a strong La Nina weather pattern with the soil profile near capacity and dams starting to fill when 170mm of Rain in December really got the heart rate up. The cooler temperatures of the growing season combined with the precipitation created some intense mildew conditions with a couple of perfect Downy Mildew outbreaks as well as some rarely seen Powdery mildew. Harvest started, at a more traditional time than the norm of the last 10 years, in the third week of January and it was one for the vignerons with their eye on the vines. Well managed crop levels and open, carefully tended canopies were the order of the day. It will be a while before we have the full canvas of the vintage but overall Semillon and Chardonnay look strong with flavour and balanced acidity, while Shiraz will be one to watch with the best managed vineyards delivering some classic medium bodied Hunter River Burgundy style wines.