2020 vintage

October 10, 2019
The 2020 vintage season started on 10 October with these emerging buds in Block 2 on the hill. ...
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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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2018 vintage

February 19, 2018
Summary.  An interesting and very successful season. 2017/18 was our most extreme season yet. Serious frosts in the weeks before budburst followed by unprecedented heat mid-season and finishing with a -5° C frost in mid-April. Not every year thanks! One of the hottest ...
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A vertical tasting of back vintages has provided an interesting and important insight into how well Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir ages.  In November 2017, Raymond Chan and his partner, Sue Davies, visited Grasshopper Rock with . We drove from Queenstown and had time for a...
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Pinot Celebration 2018

January 20, 2018
The Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration is the most anticipated event on the wine calendar and each year the event goes from strength to strength. The Celebration is held in late January every year with a break every fourth year for the national pinot event. International i...
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