We complain about the cold down here, but take a look at this photo of our central otago wine in the Antarctic sent to us by one of our visitors to Bald Hills. He is the Commander of C-17 forces for Operation Deep Freeze, and so gets down there fairly regularly. He would have had to apply some heat before drinking it!
Our “Single Vineyard” Pinot Noir 2008 is not yet ready for release. We opened a bottle the other night to check on progress – and found it needs more bottle development before releasing. The 2009 Pinots are now in French Oak absorbing some of the luscious oaky flavours and developing their own inherent grapey layers.
We also opened a bottle of the 2002, our first vintage under the Bald Hills label and it was delicious with a great casserole of shoulder of pork with roasted fennel and coriander seeds from Ray McVinnie in one of the recent Sunday Star Times weekend magazines. The pork fell apart, rich and unctuous, and this particular Pinot, earthy, leathery, savoury almost “feral”, which we thought would be a perfect match with wild duck, turned out to be the perfect complement. We sat in front of the fire. It’s a tough life.
While in tasting and comparing mode we opened the “Last Light” Riesling 2007 and found it to have developed that petrolly character favoured by many lovers of Riesling. It is dryer than any other Riesling we have produced, and shows an edgy steely acidity which matches well with overly rich fresh white cheeses and creamy sauces. We think it will benefit from further cellaring. You may do so for $ 240.00 per case, delivered. Telephone or email us if you would like a case. It is not on the website. We have just 36 cases left.
Tony Lingard is now three quarters through the pruning – fastidious, wonderfully experienced Tony. He worked most recently at Grant Taylor’s Valli Vineyard and prior to that on the Lane’s vineyard in the Gibbston Valley. Bald Hills, Bannockburn is closer to home for him.
The Tasting Room will be open by appointment in July and August, then full time again from September. Click here to go to our website.
If you are thinking to send a gift of wine to the UK or Europe please be aware that The New Zealand House of Wine stocks our product over there and you may find it convenient to order from them. click here
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Estelle and Blair.