Posted 14 June 2015
This column was first published in Living magazine in The Herald on Sunday, Auckland, New Zealand, 14 June 2015.
The words ‘dry red’ take on a whole new meaning in the arid rocky landscape of this easternmost Otago wine region. Its rainfall is ridiculously low each year, its winters are frequently the coldest in New Zealand and its summers are often the hottest. It is also home to Grasshopper Rock winery; a tin shed where the new 2013 Grasshopper Rock Pinot Noir was made.
Speaking of tasty southern affordables; check out the outstanding 2013 Ballasalla Pinot Noir from Folding Hill; $29.95, new on the shelves and great drinking from www.foldinghill.co.nz. It will age too; given half a chance.