Winemakers News

2024 VINTAGE

9th February 2024

Our vintage season is officially underway, marking the earliest start to vintage in 40 yearsA busy and very exciting time ahead for our Winery and Viticulture teams as we head into harvest. 

CHARDONNAY UPDATE

7th February 2024

The newly established 16.5-acre Chardonnay vineyard is displaying strong, impressive growth.

UPDATE FROM THE VINEYARD 

1st February 2024

Our team has been busy wire lifting between the young vines' foliage to support the weight of their growth and encourage further vertical growth. Veraison is well in advance, with harvesting scheduled to commence in 3-4 weeks. Most fruit is expected to be harvested by March into early April.

2017 Cornelius Armitage Pinot Noir

Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett provides a synopsis of our 2017 Cornelius Armitage Pinot Noir. This earthy Pinot Noir comes from 30-year-old vines, making this vintage one to try.

UPDATE FROM THE VINEYARD 

20 January 2024

Our vines are well into veraison and soon, the stored energy in the roots, will transfer through to the berries and they start to grow larger. Acid levels will start to drop, and sugar levels will increase. This is also when aroma and flavour components start to develop.

GEELONG WINE HALL OF FAME CHIEF WINEMAKER ROBIN BROCKETT

WINE Geelong recently celebrated its 24th Geelong Wine Show, and it is with enormous pride that we announce that Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett was inducted into the Geelong Wine Hall of Fame.

A recognition of impressive achievements and support to the Geelong Wine Industry.

Geelong Wine Awards

Scotchmans Hill is very proud to be firstly awarded with the prestigious Tonnellerie Marsannay Trophy, Best Wine of Provenance for Cornelius 2021, 2017, 2014 Norfolk Vineyard Pinot Noir—recognition for the best flight of three wines from the red and white wine of provenance classes. exceptional achievement and well-deserved recognition!

BALLARAT WINE SHOW AWARDS

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Cornelius Spray Farm Syrah has just achieved the remarkable feat of winning BEST SHIRAZ at the prestigious Ballarat Wine Show. An incredible achievement to be awarded Best Shiraz for TWO consecutive years!

2023 Winner – 2021 Cornelius Spray Farm Syrah
2022 Winner – 2021 Scotchmans Hill Shiraz

VINEYARD UPDATE WITH CHIEF WINEMAKER ROBIN BROCKETT

Flowering is occurring in the vineyard, with Chardonnay the most developed and in full flowering with what we call at capfall of 60 -70. Shiraz and Cabernet are the last varieties to flower over the next fortnight. We are hoping for ideal weather of around 25 degrees, with sunshine and light winds over the next month for ideal conditions to allow the fruit to develop.

New varieties at Scotchmans Hill

Watch chief Winemaker discuss the new varieties being planted at Scotchmans Hill.