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...

Bridget Jones and Rebecca Gibb, MW

By Andrew Donaldson
Bridget Jones and Rebecca Gibb, MW

Why would I ever promote a pair of reviews where both our wines scored less than 90 points?  Particularly when they are about a contender for the best vintage we've released to date.  It's a fair question but my response is that this points business is no science - and neither it should be.  In fact, after taking a few brickbats along with our share of bouquets I don't really focus on the points anymore (There is no such thing as a 100 point wine either - beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I still think that the Mona Lisa's...