It is now coming up 17 years since our first plantings and the vines are now well settled down. The roots are now reaching into the deeper soil profile which in turn aids more complexity to the wines. The vines are so much easier to manage as they settle into their natural balance and well positioned shoots. A substantial proportion of the Pinot Noir vines are spur pruned with the remainder all cane pruned.
Ballochdale Estate has concentrated on being a grower rather than a wine maker but has made two batches of Pinot Noir for shareholder interest.
The Ballochdale Pinot Noir 2013 is currently only available in two Blenheim Top restaurants being Arbour and Saveur where it is being well received.
The Ballochdale has produced internationally awarded wines attaining a Blue/Gold and Silver (IWC in London) and Bronze awards and some very fine comments from such critics as Mathew Dukes.
Ballochdale Estate has contributed Pinot Noir grapes to wines that made it into The Top 100 in Spectator in the United States, a Single Vineyard trophy wine ,4 gold medal wines in one year in Air NZ Wine awards and rated 94/100 by Jamie Goode MW and a SV Sauvignon Blanc that scored a 5 star rating by Cameron Douglas.