Ian Sutton wrote:Sue
Sad to see someone's business bite the dust, but Otago is IMO struggling to prove it's reputation at existing levels (I hope it does though). Perhaps he'd have had more success attempting the trick in Martinborough?
It can't have helped having the 2004 and 2005 vintages to contend with. I drove through the Gibbston Valley in April 2004, just after a frost episode, and there were grapes on the vines - probably third set from the frost episodes in the spring - and some of the bunches had not even finished veraison. Then that season was followed by poor fruit set in the spring for the 2005 vintage. Martinborough might have been a better bet -or Waipara. Even Marlborough on the right site - there's some gorgeous pinots coming out of there now that the Dijon clones are becoming more established.
Ian Sutton wrote:On the subject of Otago, I presume you've read Pinot Pioneers by Ric Oram? Usually these regional books can be a little too full of lightweight magazine style "gloss", but I found this one to be an excellent insight in the mentality (very intentional use of the word!) of people setting out to make wine in an otherwise non-wine region. A book that makes me hope the pioneers do find a place for themselves in the wine world.
No, but I've read several others. One is called 'Vineyards on the Edge', a very apt title for this region. But with the climate change that everyone is talking about, Central Otago could possibly be the best place to be.