Our winemaker Jenny Dobson (pictured above) discusses the 2021 Vintage at Squawking Magpie in detail below.

“2021 has the hallmarks of a great vintage where nature has offered favourable growing conditions. It is rare when quantity and quality go hand in hand and Vintage 2021 will be remembered and celebrated for its wines of outstanding quality and enjoyment. These will be wines to enjoy in their youth, for their approachability and vibrance, and to savour as they age, for their complexity and elegance.

Despite several frost alerts in spring, bud burst across most varieties in Hawke’s Bay was early & 2 major rainfall events in November and unsettled weather during the month meant flowering was prolonged in some varieties and not so fruitful in others.

Summer weather was mild and dry & disease pressure was low throughout the season. As the growing season progressed, berry and bunch sizes were noticeably smaller than in previous years which has resulted in low yields across most varieties. Settled, mild weather over autumn allowed the luxury of basing picking decisions on grape flavour and acid balance in white varieties, and tannin maturity in reds. The resulting young wines are already showing exquisite balance and approachability. Flavours have a purity, clarity and excitement”.


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