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news: vintage 2020 is a wrap

A nice distraction from the events of the last few months, vintage was nonetheless challenging in other respects.
Old timers all say no two seasons are the same and ’20 definitely confirmed that, with Mother Nature seemingly throwing everything at us bar the kitchen sink: winter drought, a dry and windy spring, tough flowering conditions and harvest rain. So how do the wines look?

The good news is that whilst the year 2020 might be one that we all hope to put behind us in many ways, vintage 2020 on the other hand looks like being a cracker. Harvest was late and nowhere near as compact as previous, warmer years have been. A cooler-than-average growing season and slightly lower yields have resulted in wines with bright acidity and great intensity. The Rieslings look zesty and juicy, barrel ferment Chardonnays are ticking through malolactic fermentation to soften the acids and I don’t think I can remember a year with such beautiful aromatics in the Pinot Noirs; I’m looking forward to getting the wines out to you!

Samantha Connew