Vigneron's Diary

WINNER! NZ Organic Wine Awards

WINNER! NZ Organic Wine Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that our Dry Pinot Gris 2016 has won a gold medal in the NZ Organic Wine Awards announced on May 13th.

North Canterbury was incredibly well represented in the awards with 14 out of 26 golds awarded to our neighbouring winegrowers and Black Estate taking out vineyard of the year.

Read the full results here http://organicwineawards.co.nz/2017-results/


New Wine Release

New Wine Release

VIN DOUX NATUREL

Just in time for the golden season; late harvest peach and apple crumbles, afternoon cheese plates or a cosy night in, Bellbird Spring is delighted to announce the release of two Vin Doux Naturel wines to the range, the Muté ‘L’Alouette’ and Muté ‘Les Epices’. The word Muté indicates fortification and these wines draw on the traditions of Southern France where Vin Doux Naturel (V.D.N.) have their home.

Made in a traditional sense, late picked fruit is whole bunch pressed, run into old oak barrels and fermented without added yeast. Part way through ferment our exceptional pot still brandy is...


REVIEW

REVIEW

2012 Bellbird Spring River Terrace Pinot Noir

Rating: 92/100  Pale ruby colored, the 2012 River Terrace Pinot Noir
displays pretty notes of rose petals and lavender over a gentle core of warm
red currants and cherry coulis plus a hint of Provence herbs. Medium bodied
with very good intensity and plenty of layers supported by finely grained
tannins and just enough acidity, it finishes long.

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue Date 2nd Jan 2017, Source – 216 (Part
2), The Wine Advocate


Group Tastings

Group Tastings

We make food friendly wines and there is no better way to experience this than a wine tasting matched with food. Earlier this month we hosted one of these such tasting events at Duncan Cotterill Lawyers. Eight wines paired with four tastes, not necessarily as a match but as a sensation, to understand flavours, perceptions and how elements of food and wine both compliment and alter one another.
The format includes four tastes, high acid/low sugar, salty, rich/fatty and nutty, paired with eight individual wines from our range. With Guy to guide the tasters on the winemaking, wine style and food composition...


Pinot 2017 and Pinot Palooza

Pinot 2017 and Pinot Palooza

At the beginning of February over 600 people gathered in Wellington for a week of pure NZ Pinot Noir. This was a great opportunity for New Zealand to show off its Pinot Noir to the world, with writers and distributors coming from across the globe. To taste, listen and discuss for 3 days. The event itself is self-assured in culture, staunchly NZ  with little mention of Burgundy and plenty of references to our own sense of place and the styles emerging from various regions.  Certainly New Zealand Pinot Noir has come a long way in 30 years. As a country...