2021 vintage update

March 9, 2021
Overall, the season to date has seen average accumulated heat but some significantly cooler than average periods in December and January around flowering have potentially reduced grape crop size. The extreme events of note, were cold and snow showers on 29 September requirin...
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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 2019Classic Wine of New Zealand - Michael CooperTop Wineries of New Zealand 2019 and 2020 - The Real Review Review...
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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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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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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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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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