2019 Charteris Central Otago Pinot Noir
With some recent serious changes to the way we operate as a collective species, the human race, and I say this with a degree of cautious optimism, seems to have for a fleeing moment, agreed that climate change is not just a myth but something we need to be thinking about. Governments and Global corporations are at least talking about how we get this craziness sorted by 2050. We, the growers of things, have been living with this minefield for some time now. The variations in vintage conditions throwing new challenges at vignerons seemingly every season. It’s like walking through the house at night when the kids have left their Lego spread everywhere. You know there is pain in the darkness, just not when and how severe it will be. If the tender slip of skin on the arch of your foot finds an irregular cluster of 3 blocks in such a way that you lose your balance and end up on your face the damage could be irreparable. The only way to solve this issue is to have the kinder pick up all their Lego, something that could take years of negotiation, requires some personal sacrifice and could result in a war. My interim solution is a trusty and well-loved pair of Birkenstock House boots.
While the last 4 vintages in Central Otago have thrown up nothing but piles of angular Lego clusters of different shapes and sizes, I feel like the Hawkesbury Vineyard has been our faithful pair of Birkenstocks. Gliding through the vicissitudes of vintage variation with a unique blend of style and comfortable texture that leaves a warm glow and a smile on your face, even in the Dark.