Fruit is getting close, but not quite there. March is a lovely month in Central Otago. The weather is usually stable with warm days to ripen the vineyard, but also cool and shorter nights to make sure the ripening process is slow enough to develop deep aromas and flavours to make the perfect pinot noir.
The final work in the vineyard is nearly complete for the season. Almost every bunch has a last check to make sure there is no sign of unevenness or any odd berries that we wouldn’t want heading to the winery. Nets are securely fastened to keep the birds off the ripening and sweetening grapes. Rabbit numbers are controlled to prevent damage to our bird netting. Luckily we have a good population of native hawks that help patrol the vineyards to scare away the smaller pest bird species.
Now we must be patient and wait.....until the bunches are ready for the winery.
Great reviews from Sam Kim - Wine Orbit:
Alex Gold Pinot Noir 2014 93 points 5 stars
A wonderfully comforting pinot, the fragrant bouquet shows spiced cherry, juicy plum, almond and mushroom characters, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is elegant and persistent. The wine offers gorgeous fruit flavours together with attractive spicy complexity, finishing smooth and delicately dry. At its best: now to 2020.
Davishon Pinot Noir 2015 94 points 5 stars
It is sweetly fragrant on the nose showing dark berry, smoked game, dried her and warm spice aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is beautifully rounded and flowing. The wine combines delectable fruit flavours with seductive savoury nuances, delightfully framed by polished tannins. Complex, harmonious and fabulous drinking. At its best: now to 2021.
More exciting news............... GOLD in the New Zealand International Wine Competition for our alex gold pinot noir 2017.
14 Oct 2018
Three successful nights of frost fighting protecting our crop. The coldest night started at 11.45pm and the temperature went down to minus 4 degrees Celsius. Water is pumped from our dam via a PTO from our trusty tractor and protects our crop As water is applied to the vines and the water changes form from liquid to solid (ice), latent heat is given off. This protects the vines by holding the temperature at zero degrees Celsius. The pumps are turned off when the ice is melting. (latent heat is also given off when water melts).
Exciting news - our alex gold pinot noir 2017 has just won GOLD in the Premium NZ Wine Selection Category of the New World WIne Awards. Our wine was the top scoring wine with 96 points in this selection. https://www.newworld.co.nz/wine-and-beer/2018-premium-wine/explore-our-selection/