Lisa Perotti Brown reviewed our wines in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in October. Both the 2008 and the 2009 Pinots scored wonderfully well. (’09- 91 points;’08 – 89 points). This is what she said:
Made in a similar fashion to the Single Vineyard 2008 Pinot, the 2009 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir gives a medium-deep ruby-purple color and a wonderful balance of earth, game and fruit aromas. Notes of black cherry, underbrush, truffles, dried roses and peppered pigeon breast effortlessly intermingle, making for a tantalizing nose. The medium-full bodied palate has excellent savory and berry flavor concentration with crisp acid and a medium-firm level of very fine tannins. The finish is long and layered with nuances of pepper, truffles and cherry-glazed game. Approachable now, it should develop over the next 3-5 years, drinking to 2018.
In the Vineyard bud rubbing, shoot thinning, canopy spraying and mowing are almost a daily pursuit. A week ago the Vanuatuan team were here working with speed and dedication. Perhaps it helps that Blair likes to talk to them in a combination of Fijian and Pigeon English although they do seem somewhat bemused before erupting in gales of laughter.The weather here has been hot during the day and cool at night. Flowering is now at 80%.
In the garden you would be very impressed by the vegetables.This year we have been vigilant with the weeding and the fertilising (blood and bone and a remarkable blend of old deer manure and decayed straw used as a mulch). The deer “compost” came from a local farm where it surrounded a feeding bay during the Winter months – bottom of the heap stuff! $20 for two massive scoops. Eat your heart out.
In the main gardens the twelve yellow “Friesia” roses near the front door are six feet tall and covered in fragrant bloom while flag irises and peonies spill abundantly onto the gravel pathways.
There is a lot to be said for living in the country. Traveling theatre groups visit our small town of Bannockburn, as do singers and song-writers of renown, exhibiting artists, authors; even the NZ Ballet Company comes to Alexandra. The wonderful thing is one can always park close by and get a seat practically in the front row!
Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas and all good things for 2011,
Estelle and Blair