Vintage 2019 presented the toughest conditions Andrew Quin has seen at Hentley Farm in his 11 years as Winemaker. The combination of low rainfall, high temperatures and a major frost event (the first of this intensity since Keith planted the vineyard in the late ‘90’s), resulted in historically low crop levels.
In the face of those challenges, our long-term focus on quality, innovative and sustainable vineyard practices along with responsible water management, ensured that we maintained vine health throughout this demanding period.
With the sun shining and no rain on the horizon, harvest commenced in mid-February and all our Shiraz fruit was safely in the winery 16 days later. The value of being a single estate vineyard – where our size and attention to detail at every step, from vine to bottle – is evident in the quality of wine produced, particularly in tough vintages such as this one.
Our Grenache vines exhibited their suitability to the harsh conditions of this vintage and these wines are expected to be a highlight, along with the diversity demonstrated by our Shiraz blocks across the vineyard – all resulting in wines of great power and intensity.