2017 Vintage - A year of viticulture on the edge

By Andrew Donaldson
2017 Vintage - A year of viticulture on the edge
We had to draw on nerves of steel and the experience of the 2014 harvest to understand the cool conditions. Were it not for the tiny yields we would not have achieved the density of flavour these wines show. Our job then was not to bugger it up. 

Totally Paloozed

By Andrew Donaldson
Totally Paloozed
Our year is ending on an intoxicating high - the great disrupter Dan Sims told us the other night that we had won Peoples Choice for the entire 2018 Pinot Palooza Tour. That is the knock down, stand out highlight of our young life as a winegrower and let me explain. 

Pinot Palooza News, akitu is crowned 2018 Peoples Choice Award winner.

By Andrew Donaldson
Pinot Palooza News, akitu is crowned 2018 Peoples Choice Award winner.

This article first appeared on the Pinot Palooza website, announcing the news of akitu taking out the 2018, Peoples Choice Award.

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Jamie Goode's thoughts on our 2016's

By Andrew Donaldson
Jamie Goode's thoughts on our 2016's

In my view, Jamie is at the forefront of contemporary wine commentary.  I found "I taste red" which is one of his books fascinating - it provides a remarkably readable scientific discussion of how and why we sense what we do when approaching a glass of wine.  He has taken the time to visit our vineyard and tasted a number of our earlier vintages, I value his judgement highly - even more so after reading his reassuring assessment of our 2016's! A relatively new arrival on the Central Otago Pinot circuit is Akitu. Andrew Donaldson planted this vineyard in Wanaka back in 2002 on old...