Winestate Awards for our 2009 Pinot Noir

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WINESTATE MAGAZINE and Contributing Judge Michael Cooper in the Best of the Recent Releases has just awarded 4½ stars to both our 2009 Pinots, the “Single Vineyard” Pinot Noir and the “3ACRES” Pinot Noir!

Bald Hills 3 Acres Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 ****1/2

A delicious drink-young style, but also ageworthy.  The bouquet is savoury, with good complexity; the palate is very silky and harmonious, with ripe cherry, spice and nut flavours, threaded with fresh acidity.  Good value at $32 (A)

Bald Hills Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 ****1/2

Concentrated, tightly structured Bannockburn red, showing long-term cellaring potential.  Fresh, deep cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, savoury, complex and underpinned by firm tannins.  Best 2013+. $48 (A)

These wines were made by Grant Taylor who is known for making wines of great cellaring ability! We are delighted with this result from Winestate, confirming the view of judges at the 2010 Air NZ Wine Awards which gave the “Single Vineyard” Pure Gold and the “3ACRES” Silver.

Winter is a great time for attending to maintenance in the vineyard. Whilst our “unsung hero” Tony labours away with the pruning secateurs Blair follows behind mulching the prunings, not once but twice, leaving behind a fine easily broken down mulch which gradually improves the soil structure and the micro-organisms beneath. Bald Hills is certified sustainable and we are very conscious of the need to treat our soils with care  for our own benefit as well as that of future generations.

In the office we  have contracted Rachel McDougall as our admin person and she is proving to be indispensable! This will result in freeing Blair to spend more time visiting our outlets throughout New Zealand.  In fact he is off to the Taranaki and to Palmerston North early in August and hopes to also visit Wine Clubs in other parts of the North Island. Please let us know if you belong to a Wine Club or know of one and would enjoy a visit from Blair.

Australia calls! We have family there including a 2 year-old Grand-daughter and it is lovely to spend time with them. Son Colin Hunt, incidentally, is the Director of Golf at Royal Sydney, which will no doubt be of interest to the golfers amongst you.We will be away during some of July. If it happens that you are planning a trip down this way,July apart, just give us a call if you would like a tasting.  Our Cellar Door (pompous sounding I know – really just the Tasting Room) is open by appointment only at this time of year but you are always welcome.

The good life at Bald Hills! Our baby chickens are really growing fast.  We protected them and their mother from our sole remaining hen but she is lonely and hops in with them whenever possible.In the garden roses are shooting- to prune or not to prune? We are still picking herbs galore plus celery and brussels sprouts.  Need to plant out brassicas and broad beans before we go away. By the way, that sole hen still lays an egg most days.  She doesn’t realize hens take a break in Winter!