I simply cannot believe that this is the first posting I have written for 2015! No use saying Happy New Year! All I can do is say that we hope 2015 started with a bang and is continuing to shape up to be another fruitful and satisfying year for you.
Being in this industry it is difficult to go far without thinking about the weather. Goodness knows what happened to summer. We did have some gorgeous days and being cricket fans we were pleased that the Cricket World Cup proceeded with little interruption and had such a satisfying outcome for the Black Caps. The Cricket World Cup put an even bigger smile on our faces for another reason.
We received a call from Eichardt’s Hotel in Queenstown. Cricketing Knight and Wine Aficionado, Sir Ian Botham, was staying there. The caller said that Sir Ian had declared that our Pinot Noir was the best in New Zealand and asked him to get hold of some for him. Further, Scott Bibby of Taupo, who was Sir Ian’s caddie during the recent pro-am at the NZ Golf Open in Queenstown, told us Sir Ian waxed eloquently on the merits of our wine. Scott purchased our 2009 Pinot Noir to send to Sir Ian to coincide with the NZ-England Test at Lords at the end of this month.
Sir Ian visited our winery during the England Cricket Tour of 2008. We are pleased that our Pinot Noir remains a favourite of Sir Ian. And while I am still on the subject, our 2009 is drinking beautifully. It has cellaring potential for at least five years in appropriate cellaring conditions. You can order on-line.
Autumn was a mixed bag. Just where the long balmy days’ that are/were so typical of a Martinborough autumn have gone is a mystery. We could have been fooled into thinking we were getting autumn colours. Indeed we were. But in the main the yellow/golden hues that appeared in the vineyard very early on were a result of the vines closing down with the drought. Fortunately, with judicious watering and the occasional deluge the vines were coaxed into retaining their leaves long enough to allow the fruit to ripen. Even so we were one of the last vineyards to begin picking. The fruit was simply not ripe or flavoursome enough. We are hoping that this Semillon vintage will produce an attractive late harvest wine. Picture is of Semillon fermenting.
Cropping levels are down because the vines had to contend with drought, high winds, rain; sometimes all in one day! The continuous rain led to slip skin botrytis and powdery mildew making its nasty way through the grapes. Nevertheless careful bunch selection meant that the fruit we did pick pleased David and he is sure he will be able to make some lovely wine. Picture is of Chardonnay in press.
This weekend we are hosting a fundraiser for the Victoria University School of Music, Classical Voice Department. More on this next time.
Monday 18th of May 2015