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The 2021 harvest....

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Belinda Stone
19/10/2021


Happy Harvest from Hahn Family Wines! What a difference a year makes. Hahn started their harvest mid September and say things are looking very good. Last year, they were unable to post their customary Harvest updates due to multiple fires. And while it is still high-risk fire season, they have been spared the lightening strike fires that they had in August 2020 that resulted in over 400 fires across the entire state.

As we receive news that one of our favourite Cabernet Sauvignons, Hahn's Smith & Hook 2019, has received 92 points and Editor's Choice in Wine Enthusiast magazine it feels apt to share the 2021 harvest insights from Smith & Hook winemaker Megan McCollough:

"As my colleagues have been reporting, it’s been a slow start to harvest this year, particularly for Pinot Noir. It could be because we’ve had unusually cool mornings in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which slows ripening. I grew up near here, and the weather this fall reminds me of walking to school as a kid. The fog would be so thick in the morning it was kind of eerie, and kind of exciting.

While the Pinot Noir has been trickling in, the Cabernet Sauvignon further south is ready, or close to it. So far, our yields look smaller than estimated, sometimes by as much as 50%. Of course, estimating a crop’s size isn’t an easy or exact science – Paul (our head winemaker) likes to say if you could figure out how to be 100% accurate, you’d be a millionaire. In any case, this week (8th Oct) we’ll be taking Cabernet grapes from San Antonio Valley and Hames Valley, and we have some scheduled from the Estrella Vineyard in Paso Robles. It’s unusual to pick this much Cabernet before Pinot Noir, but at least we have plenty of tank space!"

Lucky for us, and our customers, we have just received plenty of Hahn stock. Speak to your sales manager or our order office to request a samples or to place your order.

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