Vineyard winter work complete

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On the Vineyard the Winter work is complete. Pruning✓ tying down✓ running repairs✓ mulching✓. Tony has left for the West Coast for a spot of white-baiting having plugged up any rabbit holes before he went, and with a case or two of wine on the back of the ute.

Budburst is expected by the first week in October requiring all hands on deck until harvest in April. Vineyard work is very demanding but it is varied and ultimately satisfying, and it certainly beats the daily grind of pure office work.

Bannockburn, a special place! Here is a borrowed description explaining the geography and the wines produced in this part of the country better than we can:

“Bannockburn, the oldest and currently the most intensively planted of the micro climates in Cromwell, is a North facing crescent bordering the Kawarau River as it flows across the base of the Cromwell valley to its meeting with the Clutha River. A very warm and dry area, it has two distinct areas within it of Cairnmuir and Felton Road…..Wine Typicity: Spice, darker fruits and complexity, with well-defined but fine tannin structure.”(COPNL literature)

Recent Awards include Pure Gold from Bragato Wine Awards 2011 for our 2010 “3 Acres” Pinot Noir (see the special offer above) and Gold from the Australian Boutique Wine Awards (Chief Judge Huon Hooke) for our 2009 “Single Vineyard” Pinot Noir! The Pinots continue to benchmark well against earlier successes while the whites are developing a delicious depth of flavour and character as the vines age.

Dunedin visit September 15. Bald Hills will show their wines along with other Central Otago vineyards at the Dunedin Public ArtGallery this Thursday. The Consumer Tasting takes place from 6-8p.m.and you will be able to taste wines from some 30 Central Otagovineyards – a terrific chance to taste them all in one place. In addition you will have the opportunity to win one of several “spot” prizes     of mixed wines. Tickets for this “must do” event are available at “Rhubarb”café, 299 Highgate, Roslyn, phone 4772555, email The modest entry cost is $30 and all tastings will be provided free of charge. Prior to the consumer tasting a trade tasting (2-5 p.m.) and master classes (1-2p.m.) will be held at the same venue.Tickets for these are free of charge. We will be sending them out to our contacts in the trade, but if we should miss anyone you know of please contact us direct.

The Tasting Room is open again 7 days a week from 11a.m until 5p.m. and it is usually Blair who is in attendance to talk about the wines and the vagaries of the season which produced them. Be sure to call in when you are here.

The good life at Bald Hills! Those baby chickens seem to be all hens at this stage. We must admit though that one of them seems to have a longer neck than the others and perhaps a fuller chest.If we do have a rooster we are philosophical about it. There’s a story amongst poultry keepers that a bloke keeps the girls happy. Any truth in that?

Warmer weather entices us into the garden.The soil’s frozen crust has softened and we are incorporating composted leaves into the vegetable area. Time now to put in peas and potatoes and broad beans. Perennial herbs are putting on growth and the borders of strawberries planted last year courtesy of our friends “Goodies from the Gorge” along with raspberry canes from the same source are suddenly green and perky.