Adelaide Hills

2021 ‘Moderno’ Barbera

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VINEYARD: Pete and Mark’s vineyard is near Macclesfield in the southern Adelaide Hills - 340m above sea level on sandy loam over clay with ironstone.
VINTAGE 2020: Below average rainfall over winter followed by a very dry spring; with high winds and cold nights in November disrupting flowering; and hot, dry conditions in December and early January reducing bunch and berry size; resulted in yields at least 50% below the 10-year average. Thankfully a cooler February and March led to slower ripening despite the low yields. Whilst variability within vineyards, caused by the earlier extremes in the season, meant for tricky picking decisions, the low yields have seen intense flavours in whites, and reds that show great depth and structure. 2020 was yet another challenging vintage, to rival 2019, but again it’s delivered one of which to be proud, with Garnacha, Monastrell and Eden Valley Syrah showing particularly well. A harvest that will be remembered for the challenges posed by bush fires, difficult picking decisions, and a global pandemic, but one that presented a thrilling rollercoaster ride! Hands in the air!
Drink up, but also a 3-5 year proposition.