Drought. Plague. Pestilence. You would be forgiven for wanting to crawl into a cave at the moment, but the Southern Cross still indicates south, the Earth still rotates every 24 hours, and the sun is still coming up every morning. So all is not lost.
There is, however, one major problem that simply has no solution. We've run out of Albarino, (although there is a bit still floating around in the trade) and the next vintage is not due for release until July. The level of demand has caught us out, but it's a pretty good indicator that New Zealand consumers are reaching a new level of sophistication in their varietal choices. Or maybe they've just got naturally good taste.
That little hiccough aside, we still have (mostly) decent stocks of our other wines and we're overdue for an autumn offer. This link www.redmetalvineyards.co.nz/orders should take you to the website where special offer pricing of 15-25% below our usual prices will be available until March 21st.
Just to recap on the wines; the 5 star 2019 Rose is still wildly moreish, the 2018 Syrah has drinkability plus, and the 2016 Merlot/Franc is soft, silky and maturing nicely. Our Basket Press Syrah and Merlot/Franc are both cellaring prospects (if you can keep your hands off them), with great fruit and a little more structure than the junior versions. For those with a taste for mature Bordeaux, we have found a few wooden 6 packs of The Merlot 2000 at the back of the cellar. It's still holding sweet fruit with velvet smooth tannins and a decent deposit at the bottom of the bottle. Not bad for two decades in the cellar, but with a dozen sold already you had better be quick.
Now is the time to stock up for winter because you don't ever want to run short.
Grant & Sue