At the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), at which more than 10,000 wines are judged by a team of experts, Bald Hills this year won GOLD for its 2010 Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir and SILVER for its 2010 3 Acres Central Otago Pinot Noir! Coincidentally, at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC), results just to hand award the same two wines the same medals, Gold and Silver in the same order. Two entirely separate competitions, two entirely different teams of judges! Year after year Bald Hills has won high awards at these prestigious competitions for its Bannockburn – grown Pinot Noirs, even scooping the pool with its 2005 Pinot Noir back in 2007, when it took out Trophies for the world’s best Pinot Noir at BOTH Decanter and IWC, as well as Champion Red at IWC. It is hard to imagine such a thing ever happening again. These trophies are proudly displayed in their Tasting Room at Bannockburn. Bannockburn in Central Otago is widely recognised as being near-perfect for the growing of Pinot Noir with its iconic labels such as Felton Road, Mt. Difficulty, Carrick, Olssens, Wild Earth – the list goes on. Bannockburn soils are moderately deep to deep fine sandy loam, most of which is accumulated as wind-blown loess over free-draining terrace gravels, and the rainfall is 300-400 mm annually. Conditions such as these along with warm days and cool nights provide flavoursome ripe fruit to enable expert winemaking. Followers of the brand declare themselves not surprised by these outstanding results from this boutique vineyard. They remark that they rely on Bald Hills to supply them with consistently excellent wines, which they have proven they can do over the years – and at an affordable price too.