CURRENT VINTAGE: 2021
Finishing pruning in early September 2020 with budburst starting later that month and
warming up with some nice rains. We had some good rains in October leading into
November the green drying off and flowering occurring quickly. November saw fruit set
looking good and good excess foliage, with the end of November some warmer days starting.
The first day of December 2020 being a rather cooler day with a small shower was unusual
but the small shower was well received. Throughout December drive arounds to check
vineyards as strong winds had damaged some canopies. January was dry with a burst of heat
before a perfectly timed rain event at veraison in early February. The lead up to vintage was
cool with the coolest summer for 19 years. Only a couple of spouts of heat made for a cool
and long ripening, but the fruit that was picked early had great natural acid and by far looks
the best quality. 2021 was a great vintage overall across the board for all varietals and a very
memorable vintage with great natural acids and balanced fruit.
Barossa Valley Stonewell
After the introduction of a new vineyard of Mataro destined to be for the Vin de Soif
blend, each vintage certain parcels took the limelight in the winery and were destined to
for this range.
Previous years as a single Mataro, finally acquiring some Cinsault from the same vineyard
owners has completed this blend. Expressing Mataro a little more delicately and the
Cinsault finishes this wine with elegance and finesse. The first vintage as a Mataro
Heavy loam over red clay and quartz
Hand-picked with a portion of the Mataro with around 25%whole cluster. The Cinsault
portion was destemmed and fermented in open fermenters and barrels. Both parcels are
picked separately and blended at classification time to produce a final 60/40 blend that
allows both varieties to shine. Final blend is 15% whole cluster.
60% Mataro 40% Cinsault
16 degrees in tasting glass
Aromas of red currant, cranberry with hints of fruit bread and olives on the palate.
12.8% alc Cellar for a further 8-10 years