Bald Hills 2010 Whites, 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noirs

14-May-2013
It’s pretty clear that Blair and Estelle Hunt have a quality vineyard for their Bald Hills wines, as the stack of top international awards testifies. Their 11 ha vineyard on Cornish Point, Bannockburn was established in 1997 with 70% of the vines devoted to Pinot Noir and 15% to Riesling and Pinot Gris each. The vines were established with the advice of the highly respected viticulturist Robin Dicey, and the vineyard has been under the care of Grant Roulston of Vinwise since 2000. Grant Taylor was the Bald Hills first contracted winemaker with Chrisopher Keys coming on board in 2009, the wines being made at Gibbston Valley. From 2011, the wines have been made by Peter Bartle at VinPro, but the consistent quality and full style of the wines remain the features. At the start of the year, the Hunts announced that Bald Hills was for sale. Since then, Blair and Estelle have remained as active as ever in their overseeing the making of the wines, ensuring the quality is of the highest standards and in the marketing. The purchaser will be acquiring a successful concern with a first-rate track record indeed. Here I review the 2010 whites, showing the benefit of some bottle-age, and the latest Pinot Noir releases from 2012 and 2011. www.baldhills.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Bald Hills ‘Last Light’ Central Otago Riesling 2010
  • Bald Hills ‘Pigeon Rocks’ Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010
  • Bald Hills ‘3 Acres’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
  • Bald Hills ‘Single Vineyard’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
  • Bald Hills ‘Single Vineyard’ Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

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