"Greetings from Greylands Ridge. Winter is over. Spring is early. Buds
2 weeks ahead."
This has been the
"Winter of our Discontent"
William Hill Ltd our viticulture and winemaking contractor since 2002 went
into receivership in May with 2200 cases of our stock and our 2009 crop in
Barrels. The receivers who shall be for the moment nameless but who tout
themselves as the pre-eminent accounting firm for the wine industry in Central
Otago then decided they would invoke some sort of until then unknown act
to seize our stock. This has meant a very expensive legal battle for ourselves
and the other 9 vineyards involved which seems to be now resolved in our
favour. During this time we moved our stock to another customs controlled
warehouse but are now in trouble with NZ Customs who said we were not allowed
to do this to protect our property!! This is still a work in progress.
Notwithstanding all the above as they say in legal jargon Greylands Ridge
has been prospering. Surprisingly Judy and I are still healthy but older,
greyer and much wiser. Be very afraid of receivers who seem to behave like
legalised Mafia cowboys!
New Wines Released
The good news is that we are releasing our 2009 Belle Rose named after our
granddaughter Izobelle. (Less than 80 cases so be quick) and our ridgeback
ALEX 2008 Pinot Noir named after our late lamented ridgeback cross Alex.
(3% of sales go to RSPCA).
These will both be released at an Alexandra Basin Winegrowers "new
release' party at Oliver's in Clyde on 25th October.
Award Winning Wine
The best news is that Greylands Ridge 2007 Pinot Noir got a GOLD medal at
the New Zealand International Wine Show 2009 to add to its Bronze medal from
the Bragato 2008 and its other Bronze Medal from Boutique Wines of Australia
ALEX also got a Bronze at NZIWS 2009 and a Bronze at Liquorland Top 100
2009. Don't forget the 2006 Greylands Ridge Pinot Noir which is still available
and drinking better and better.
2 Bottle Club!
We are going to start a "2 bottle club" offering 2 selected bottles
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.
Patrick and Judy