Greylands Ridge Newsletter May 2008 - newsletterjune

By: Greylands Ridge  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Vineyard, Pinot Noir

Welcome again to Greylands Ridge. Budburst was on time in October 2009. Season was a cooler one than 2008 but good fruit set and finished with a pleasant April that allowed us to pick the best fruit ever.


ROSE picked first in mid April. Plan to bottle around 160 cases this year. Aim for another dry style ROSE. Main crop picked end April and now in Oak. In general volume down but quality up from 2008.


Sales have been steady 2009-2010 tax year but you could do better! National Bank certainly hopes you will.

  • We have virtually sold out of 2007 Pinot Noir and the rest is promised to a Dunedin Restaurant Etrusco which wants the last 44 cases.
  • Sold out also of 2009 ROSE.
  • Still have some 2006 Pinot Noir which is drinking well from 2010 ( Sam Kim wine writer)!
  • 2010 ROSE will be bottled in July/August and released in the Spring at the New Release Tasting at Olivers restaurant in Clyde at Labour Weekend. Very sucessful last year.
  • Still have plenty of 2008 ALEX PN with two bronze Medals.
  • 2008 Greylands Ridge PN (more new oak than ALEX) is drinking now very well.
  • 2009 bottled in April still in bottle shock but good characters appearing.

New Dog

HONEY is a 3 year old Border Terrier cross. Honey arrived in October, previously a city girl through and through but the first time she walked in the vineyard she ran down a rabbit. Instinct is amazing. Between HONEY and KATERINA our old cat they accounted for over 60 rabbits this season.


We are sponsoring Jane Kellahan for an Art exhibition in November in Wellington. Details soon.

The Vineyard

Looking forward to Spring. We had 2 weeks in China (day job) but are home full time from July to December. Visitors are always welcome.

Kindest Regards
Patrick and Judy

Keywords: Pinot Noir, Vineyard

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