2021 was a tale of two halves. Low yields and extremely vigilant vineyard management were essential due to the cool start to the growing season along with Spring frosts. We needed recorded highs in September and October, and we got them, with a very dry November to follow.
On the Danbury Ridge estate, growing degree days were higher than 2018 and 2020 at picking. It is a credit to the vigilance shown in the vineyards that we can reach good still wine ripeness even in marginal years.
Sugar levels were lower than usual because of a cold summer, but phenolic ripeness and flavour profiles were extremely good. Higher acid will be a signature of such a vintage and will be comparable to the 2016 vintage where the resul
ting wines beautifully balanced acidity and sugar. With gentle vinification, respectful of the vintage, the wines will retain their freshness and bright fruit.