January 2019 Wine Club Newsletter

January 2019 Wine Club Newsletter

Hello from Summer in Central Otago!

We have had a funny old season in the vineyard so far, it’s been warm so things are on track but lots of weather coming through the region. This has made life pretty nice for the vineyard in terms of water and growth has been great. From our perspective we’ve lost a few more work days to rain than we normally do (-read, normally it barely rains at all) which has kept it interesting.

The crop looks good and summer seems to have hit us this week with temperatures in to the 30’s. At this rate we look like harvesting around the 4th week of March with the Infusion Block at Rocky Point… Of course the weather is still in charge so we’ll see…

The winery build has been going well and so far is on track – we have to be ready before the fruit is, so there is some pressure… The building gets a roof on Wednesday and the press arrived a week ago which was very exciting for us.
We have just finished Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration, my last as chairman. I look forward to coming along to the next one in more relaxed form, keep the end of January next year free for the best wine event in New Zealand! Great to catch up with François Millet during Celebration and we showed his 2017 Cuvée Aux Antipodes for the first time, there’s a great review on Jamie Goode’s Blog ‘WineAanorak.com’.
In the winery we are preparing the white wines for bottling with the Pinot Gris and Riesling coming out of barrel shortly. Both wines look good with great aromatics and freshness despite the record setting summer of 2018. The Rocky Point Pinot Noir 2018 will be bottled this month as well and that wine is coming out of barrel this week.
Best wishes from the team here in Central Otago !
Paul
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These two wonderful people share their passion for Central Otago. A 20 minute interview with inspiring @paulpujol by the fantastic @madsmw. If you have any preconceptions about New Zealand-Pinot Noir it’s time to let them go. 360 bottles of Home Vineyard will be launched at Systembolaget tomorrow. Don’t be late! .
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Instagram post 17957608693325387 Thanks @davenash ・・・
Playing catch up on a few great wines 🥂 I had this @prophetsrock Cuveé Aux Antipodes Blanc the other week, all class - still thinking about it👌🏻 Double decanted at the request of @paulpujol a great tip for serious Chardonnay.  I had tasted a rudimentary blend from barrel pre-release and I was blown away. To my sheer joy it was the same wine in the bottle (Unfined? Unfiltered?) 👏🏻 People prattle on about wines being Burgundian (I prattle on about wines being Burgundian) THIS is Burgundian, all that lovely minerality and texture as well as flinty-creamy white peach tannins and aromatics you can interrogate for hours.  A full spectrum of white flowers, distant oak and baked apples and pears 🥧 Love the two old vines on the label too.  Looking forward to Paul & François’ love for the great white grape growing intertwined over the years .
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Instagram post 17856744677067007 Thank you @provinumvinhandel for the great clip! 
@get_repost
・・・
These two wonderful people share their passion for Central Otago. A 20 minute interview with inspiring @paulpujol by the fantastic @madsmw. If you have any preconceptions about New Zealand-Pinot Noir it’s time to let them go. 360 bottles of Home Vineyard will be launched at Systembolaget tomorrow. Don’t be late! .
.
#centralotago #pinotnoir #prophetsrock #bendigo #nzwine #paulpujol #winemaker #masterofwine #interview
Instagram post 18115980886122183 When the storm clouds roll in over the vineyard #moody .
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#prophetsrock #prophetsrockvineyard #vineyard #vineyardlife #bendigo #centralotago #nzwine #weather #weatherphotography #pruning #pruningseason
Instagram post 17957608693325387 Thanks @davenash ・・・
Playing catch up on a few great wines 🥂 I had this @prophetsrock Cuveé Aux Antipodes Blanc the other week, all class - still thinking about it👌🏻 Double decanted at the request of @paulpujol a great tip for serious Chardonnay.  I had tasted a rudimentary blend from barrel pre-release and I was blown away. To my sheer joy it was the same wine in the bottle (Unfined? Unfiltered?) 👏🏻 People prattle on about wines being Burgundian (I prattle on about wines being Burgundian) THIS is Burgundian, all that lovely minerality and texture as well as flinty-creamy white peach tannins and aromatics you can interrogate for hours.  A full spectrum of white flowers, distant oak and baked apples and pears 🥧 Love the two old vines on the label too.  Looking forward to Paul & François’ love for the great white grape growing intertwined over the years .
.
#prophetsrock #cuveeauxantipodes #cuvéeauxantipodesblanc #centralotago #chardonnay #nzwine #chardonnayallday #francoismillet