We have just returned from a marketing trip to Australia where we had useful meetings in Sydney and Brisbane and have high hopes of increasing our presence over there. We spent many years in Sydney before returning to New Zealand (as expats seem to do ultimately) and in addition Blair is an Old Boy of Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) so we have many contacts in both cities and elsewhere in Australia. Sydney since the Olympics has improved its road network immeasurably – except for our favourite part of the city, the Northern Beaches, which remain unsullied! Brisbane too has undergone enormous change in the form of roading, bridges and residential high-rises in the CBD. We found it took less than 45 minutes to drive from Brisbane CBD to Southport on the Gold Coast! Central Otago seemed rather sleepy by comparison on our return. Probably that is why we love it here so much!
Monthly Vineyard Walks for local vineyard personnel – growers, viticulturists, owners, and interested parties are being resurrected. The walks themselves will commence in September and in the meantime the first of an introductory educational meeting took place this week. Winemakers from the various sub-regions of Central Otago spoke about their perceptions of the 2009/2010 growing season and how viticultural activities have followed through into the wine. Winemakers generally felt that 2010 will produce exceptional wine for Central Otago, due in large part to a prolonged “indian summer” after an earlier stop/start season, in conjunction with vigilant vineyard practices.
One of the benefits of our Singapore participation in the Robert Parker event is that Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, wine writer for Parker’s Wine Advocate, will visit Bald Hills next week as part of a tasting tour of New Zealand wines.It is a great honour to be able to give a private comprehensive tasting of our wines to this remarkable “palate”. Lisa is to publish her impressions of New Zealand wines in the October Wine Advocate.
Our Tasting Room reopens on August 1 and remains open daily from 11a.m. until 5p.m. We enjoy our visitors very much and showing our wines is a great source of pride for us. Blair is usually in attendance to answer your questions, and if he doesn’t know he defers to “The Queen”. Beagle X Blue Heeler, “Bella the Beautiful” will show her pleasure in seeing you again.
Estelle and Blair.