2020 vintage

April 9, 2020
SummaryThe 2020 was one of the more difficult vintages due to the cold weather and the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. Spring started normally but weather events turned against us. An unusual atmospheric phenomenon known as Sudden Stratospheric Warming turned everything upside d...
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On an autumn day in Central Otago the air is crisp and clear and the colours vibrant. It is the ideal time to be airborne and capture some views of Grasshopper Rock. Our friend Roger Bennett captured these images while out on a CAA approved flight.  I will point out the...
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We our thrilled to have our winemaker, Peter Bartle (VinPro), as one of the finalists.  This year marks the third year of Gourmet Traveller WINE's New Zealand Winemaker of the Year. The judging panel is New Zealand Editor Bob Campbell MW (chair) and industry s...
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A thunderstorm on 16 November released small marble sized (10+mm) hail onto Grasshopper Rock damaging young shoots and florets. Fortunately, the outcome is only light damage and long term effect negligible. Hail of this severity is not something we have experienced before. ...
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Competition Awards GOLD medal   95/100 Decanter World Wine AwardsGOLD medal - NZ Wine of the Year Awards Accolades Fine Wines of New Zealand 2019 - one of 23 benchmark NZ Pinot NoirClassic Wine of New Zealand - Michael CooperTop Wineries of New Zealand 20...
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2019 vintage

April 15, 2019

Another excellent vintage

2019 vintage season was overall a warm year but started with hard frosts in September and October and ended with hard frosts in early April.  The 13 October frost during budburst was particularly hard but the vines were well protected from damage by our sprinkler frost ...
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Raymond Chan

February 12, 2019
The New Zealand wine community lost some of its sparkle this week with passing of Raymond Chan after a courageous battle with cancer. (In early 2009, Raymond had a cancerous tumour surgically removed from his left parotid (saliva) gland followed by radiation and chemotherapy...
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Wine tasting event tips

December 31, 2018
Plan to have fun at a wine tasting event. Download our tip sheet....
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Competition Awards GOLD Medal   96/100 Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018TOP100 & BLUE GOLD Medal - Sydney International Wine Competition Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 – GOLD Medal & 96/100An intensely juicy fruit core of black cherry and plum with lifted exotic spi...
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Climate change

November 23, 2018

Climate change - Central Otago's story

Since we established Grasshopper Rock in 2003, I have flown many times between Auckland and Queenstown. I always sit in a window seat to make the most of the high-altitude views of this beautiful country. The flight path is usually just west of Aoraki/Mt Cook and when the we...
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