2020 vintage

January 23, 2020
SummaryThe 2020 vintage season started cool with the occasional October frosts. November temperatures were average for the area and growth was normal. Late November and December weather events were unusual with high rainfall in the west and persistent cool SW winds keeping t...
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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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Grasshopper Rock's vines are now 15 years old and we have good reason to celebrate. The vines have achieved a stage of maturity where the roots have fully colonized the available space and the trunks are now thick and strong with greater resilience, deliv...
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