End of Central Otago Wine Harvest 2012

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Harvest is over – what a relief! It’s always a worry in the weeks before harvest in case some weather event such as a massive frost should occur, shutting down the essential canopy and forcing one to pick before the fruit has acquired full flavour and sugars. This year the gods have been kind again. Long, slow ripening, good clean crop and very little disease except for botrytis creeping in. Botrytis or “bot” is welcome in the riesling – but an enemy in the pinot noir. Luckily a couple of dry weeks before harvest  shrivelled the “bot” and made the pickers’ task easier. Next job, pruning.

The latest news for us is that we have come away with both Gold and Silver medals respectively for our Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 and for our 3 Acres Pinot Noir 2010 from two huge and very prestigious world-wide competitions held in London – the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge.  Both  awarded the same medals in the same order which seems quite a coincidence  as they are two entirely separate competitions with entirely different sets of judges.  Whatever one might think about competitions however they do seem to sort out the wheat from the chaff, or at least we like to think so. The Single Vineyard wine (which we have offered above) now has three highly regarded Gold Medals to its name.

We are open for you to taste.  If we are here we will be pleased to show you our wines even though the Tasting Room is closed for Winter. Just give us a call or a quick email (blair@baldhills.co.nz) if you are in the region; phones 03 4453161 or 027 2290032.

The good life at Bald Hills! We have a lot to be grateful for but it is possible we have created a monster with that garden! We are fully employed with tidying up, raking and “winterizing” using layers of leaves and pea straw. Blair is dealing to a row of poplars which have outstayed their welcome.  Initially they were planted to provide protection from the wind for struggling shrubs and ornamental trees – they did their job and now they must go.

The hens have “gone off the lay” but still like to eat copious wheat and greens! Now that the vegetable garden is in resting mode the hens are truly free range and love to forage for themselves. They always return to their quarters to roost though.