Harvest was completed on April 24, having commenced on the 18th. Unusual for Bald Hills was that the aromatic white varieties matured before the pinot noir! Bunches are remarkably small and tight this year, which bodes well for the quality of the vintage. It is always a relief to see the final truckload of bins disappearing down the drive for the short hop to the Winery at Gibbston Valley for the ministrations of Grant Taylor and Christopher Keys.
We were honoured when more than 100 delegates to the NZ Gardens Trust conference visited Bald Hills to view the garden and enjoy morning tea. A shower of rain the night before gave the garden that wonderfully polished and sparkling look under the blue skies and sunshine Central Otago regularly turns on for important occasions!
For the first time we have made an early drinking style of Pinot Noir and have released it to the market within a month of bottling. Named “Three Acres”2008, it retails for just $30. In fact this wine received the same barrel aging and french oak treatment as our premium “Single Vineyard” Pinot but displays gentler tannins which need no further aging. Following the enthusiastic advice of one of our customers, we call it our “mid-week pinot”. The more luxurious “Single Vineyard” 2006, now two years in the bottle, can be saved for the weekend!
Enthusiastic collectors with cellars may buy both 2007 and 2008 “Single Vineyard” Pinots direct from us only as they have not been released to the general market yet. The price is unchanged – $44 per bottle, as is the 2006.
Bald Hills now offers a user-friendly secure site for you to order your wine online using your credit card. It removes any hassle and you can do it in a blink!
We are pleased with our new brood of chooks, even though they turned out to be more rooster than hen. Pretty Boy and Gail have each had one wing clipped following a nasty episode in the garden just before the visit of the Trust. They have a magnificent new henhouse, the Chook Hilton, but they favour an old dog kennel to roost upon.
Look forward to you visiting when next you’re in Central. Be sure to check out the garden too.
Estelle and Blair.