2021 Barossa Valley Vintage Update

Barossa Valley 2021: A Textbook Vintage

31 May 2021


2021 was a textbook vintage and will be remembered for excellent quality wines from the Barossa Valley. The spring was wet, but finished with a dry summer, with the mild temperatures resulting in a long ripening period, giving the chance for the grapes to develop maximum flavour, whilst retaining freshness. Budburst happened in mid-September, with flowering in mid-November. Harvest began in February, and finished at the start of April, with the grapes picked when they had an ideal balance between sugar, acidity and flavour development.

Our 2021 reds are looking fragrant and concentrated, with fine tannins. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Montepulciano are key vintage highlights, with some of the best quality we’ve seen in recent years.

Shiraz is looking elegant yet robust, with wonderful plum fruit and colour intensity, with a balanced tannin structure.

Cabernet Sauvignon is lifted with dark fruit and fine tannins.

Grenache is looking bright and pretty, with a great depth of flavour.

Montepulciano has been the standout varietal of 2021, with intense colour, lifted dark fruit and its usual powerful tannins.

With a great 2021 harvest, we’re very excited about the release of these wines over the next few years.