Vintage and Growing Conditions
While the “Droughts and Flooding Rains” of Dorothea Mackellar’s famous poem are never too far from the vignerons mind, it is how those two contrasts play out that can make or break to grape growing season. Off the back of the 2016 to 2020 drought conditions there was a lot of precipitation required to refill the soil profile and were it not for cooler than average summer temperatures we may not have arrived at the near perfect ripening conditions we received. Excellent acid retention and slow flavour accumulation from mild temperatures resulted in fresh and vibrant wines.
Phillip and Michelle Stivens continue to nurture the Heifer Station vineyard and we continue to benefit from the balance and harmony this high altitude vineyard delivers. The 21/22 growing season was not the easiest with spring frosts and hail hampering budburst and flowering but the strength of this vineyard is the soil and the vitality it gives. Yields were down but flavour and intensity are up giving wines with abundance and generosity.
When you have dirt like this you can keep the winemaking simple giving an opportunity for the vines to speak clearly.
Food Pairing Notes
Perfectly matched with Penne all’arrabiatta or Spaghetti Aglio e Olio or simply on its own.