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Saint & Scholar Smoke Taint Vintage 2020

It saddens us to share this news with our customers that unfortunately our fears have been confirmed and our 2020 crop has been destroyed by smoke taint.


While our vineyards did not have any immediate damage from the horrific bushfires that tore through the Adelaide Hills before Christmas last year, after harvesting our 2020 vintage, Head Winemaker Stephen Dew has decided not to bottle any of our affected grapes. "Though the winery suffered no fire damage, the blanket of smoke that lingered on our vineyard has caused nightmares for our vintage," says Dew.


"Smoke taint is a difficult thing - while you can’t see the damage immediately, smoke tainted grapes can lead to highly undesirable 'ashtray' flavours once we turn the grapes into wine. This makes our crop effectively worthless." Fortunately, this problem is isolated to Vintage 2020 only. Our winery and vineyard team plan to be back better than ever producing fine wines in 2021.  

Like so many different industries, Saint & Scholar has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In accordance with public health directives, our Cellar Door and Maximilian’s Restaurant will be closed indefinitely. As with any proud hard-working business, we are saddened to have to close but understand the need to keep our staff and the community safe during this unprecedented period.


Given these various testing circumstances, the team at Saint & Scholar have decided to re-tool their skill set by undertaking a joint project with Klahn Estate supporting South Australian jobs. This week, Saint & Scholar will be launching its' own hand sanitiser in a one-off community-based project. Our hand sanitiser is made, hand filled and labelled in the Adelaide Hills by locals, following socially responsible protocols of course!


We ask for our valued customer’s continued support and look forward to serving them into the future. Our online store is well stocked and to celebrate the limited release of Saint & Scholar’s hand sanitiser we will be offering a free bottle with every case purchased. Customers can order at

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