Big Sky Winter 2013 News
We are really pleased with how the 2011 Big Sky Pinot Noir is shaping up. With a silver medal at the New Zealand International Wine competition, and 4 stars from Wine State, even at this youthful stage it is really hitting the mark. And we expect it to keep getting better over the next few years. Dark plums, cherries, and strawberry flavours, with liquorice and spice and a hint of aniseed on the finish. Silky tannins add structure and mouthfeel. Good weight and length on mid and back palate. This is a great food wine, especially with lean gamey meats such as venison, or wild pork. You can buy it online for $35 per bottle.
The 2012 Big Sky Sauvignon Blanc is also a great food wine. Partially barrel aged with malo, this savvy has a richly textured palate showing lemongrass and zesty lime characters, good minerality, and lively acidity. Delicious! You can buy it online for $25 a bottle.
Best vintage ever
You often hear that it's been the best vintage ever. Well, this really was. We had made a decision to treble our production, and we couldn't have hoped for a better year to do that in. An old school summer - long, hot, and dry - stretching to a classic autumn with warm days and cool nights. Ideal for making great pinot.
People in our lives and who are a part of Big Sky
Part of what is special about having a vineyard and making wine is that it is a team effort. We have a lot of friends who come and help us throughout the year and I think they enjoy doing something so different from their normal modern lives. Of course we have to make sure the product is up to scratch after a good days work in the vineyard.
In the winery
The 2013 Pinot Noir is safely sitting in barrels of various cooperages and ages soaking up tannins flavours. We are tasting the barrels with a view to blending options and matching of flavours.
In the sales and marketing department
Big Sky and Escarpment are hosting the Wines from Martinborough Pinot noir event that is part of Wellington on a plate-- sold out so I hope you have a ticket already! August 14th at Museum Hotel
September 3rd, Big Sky is in the big smoke as part of a Martinborough comes to Auckland push. This is a joint event with a total of 21 Wairarapa wineries.