Raymond Chan, well-known and respected NZ wine reviewer, has assessed three of our current wines, awarding our 2009 Barrel Selection Pinot noir 5-stars; our 2012 Goldfields Pinot noir 4-stars; and our 2013 Marlene’s Gruener Veltliner 3 stars!
Read the full reviews here.
This isn’t exactly ‘news’ but this article makes good reading.
Here at Bannock Brae we have no intention of compromising the quality of our wines by attempting to lower the alcohol level. Please, if you think the alcohol level of our wines is too high for you – just drink less!
Meantime, we are currently enjoying a cold but wonderful winter here in Central Otago. It is great being outside in the sunshine with the secateurs!
Cellar door customers will no longer be welcomed by Rocky, our wonderful yellow Labrador. Unfortunately we had to have Rocky euthanised on 1 July. At only 8 years of age he had a problem with his rear-left leg which could not be fixed. In spite of our best efforts – and those of the local vets – we were left with no choice as he was in considerable pain.
He will be sorely missed by us, by friends and by customers.
Harvest is almost complete – we have picked the Pinot but are still waiting for the Gru-vee to ripen – and we are looking forward to a busy time at the cellar door over the Easter break.
We will be open for tastings on Saturday, Sunday and Monday so please call in if you are in Central. There is plenty more to do around here over Easter with Warbirds over Wanaka, events at the Highland Motorsport Park and, of course, wine tasting!
We have been a bit quiet on the web-front lately but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy ensuring that the next vintage from Bannock Brae will be as good as the last – or even better.
We wish all our friends, customers and visitors to our web-site a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2014.
If you are in Central Otago during the holiday period, please call in and say ‘Hi’. Our cellar door will be open every day from 27 December until the end of January and we – and Rocky – do enjoy welcoming all our visitors and friends during that time.
Our wines are at it again – winning GOLD medals!
Our Barrel Selection Pinot noir 2009 won GOLD at the Spiegelau International Wine Competition in August and our Goldfields Pinot noir 2011 won GOLD at the NZ International Wine Show in September.
But a word about the Goldfields 2011. It is sometimes depositing some tartrate crystals. Do not be concerned about this! These crystals are completely harmless, tasteless and odour free. We are not going to apologise – indeed we are quite proud of them! They can occur at any time when producers of quality wine choose to avoid using modern techniques such as cold stabilisation, fining or fine filtration. And that is exactly what we try to do.
The crystals are deposited on the base of the bottle and with careful pouring that is where they will stay! So don’t shake the bottle before pouring and don’t tip the bottle up to get out the last drop! But enjoy!
Our recently-released 2011 Goldfields Pinot noir is receiving accolades already.
Winestate has awarded this wine 4 1/2 stars and had this to say:
Full-coloured Bannockburn red, scented and supple, with generous cherry, plum and dried herb flavours, oak complexity and a solid foundation of tannin. Classic regional style, with fresh acidity and excellent density. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
And Neil Hodgson, Nelson Mail said:
From Central Otago, this wine continues the fine reputation it has earned in recent years. Previous vintages have been awarded multiple gold medals and Michael Cooper rated the 2010 vintage as his Best Buy Red Wine of the Year in his Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013. Deep, rich fruit aromas and delicious ripe fruit flavours are countered with powdery minerality and a savoury complexity. Overall, this is another five-star wine.
We are delighted that this wine is receiving such wonderful reviews so soon after its release. We look forward to more exciting reviews in the coming months.
There is always a sense of relief when the grapes are safely delivered to the winery. The fruit looks great and we are confident of some wonderful wine. Be patient, though. It will be at least 18 months before it is available
It is hard to believe that we are already into the second week of the New Year. We have been very busy at the cellar door since Christmas and have enjoyed meeting people from all over NZ and from overseas as well as catching up again with some of our ‘regulars’. Most tasters are delighted with our current wines – many mentioning that they love them all!
Unfortunately we have sold out of our 2010 Goldfields Pinot noir – thanks to Michael Cooper naming it his ‘Best Red Wine Buy of the Year’ in his ’2013 Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines’. However, the good news is that there is still plenty of the 2009 vintage left – and it is drinking beautifully! And, of course, the 2010 Goldfields may still be available at your local wine store so check it out soon if you want to get some!
Our cellar door is open every day from 11am – 5pm until the end of January and would love to see you if you are in our area.
But if you can’t make it to the cellar door you can still order on-line or by emailing us.
Here’s to a great vintage in 2013!
Only 6 weeks since being awarded ‘Champion Wine of the Show’ at the New Zealand International Wine Show for our 2010 Barrel Selection Pinot noir, our 2010 Goldfields Pinot noir has been selected by Michael Cooper as the ‘Best Buy Red Wine of the Year’!
He describes this wine as, “Invitingly deep and youthful in colour, with bold cherry, plum, spice and slight liquorice flavours, earthy, smoky notes adding complexity, and a finely textured, lingering finish. It’s a ‘serious’ yet ‘sexy’ wine that dances across your palate, yet hints at unexplored potential.”
Both award-winning wines are available from our on-line shop or by contacting us directly.