Nanny Goat Vineyard is named after the wild goats that roam the mountainous terrain of the Central Otago. The name came about somewhat serendipitously in late 2004 during a trek to a restaurant, nestled high above the picturesque town of Queenstown, for some breath-taking scenery, good food and of course some great Central Otago Pinot Noir. What was supposed to be a gentle, relaxing stroll quickly became quite an ordeal with an unplanned deviation from the not so well defined walking track. This was to be the catalyst for the naming of Nanny Goat Vineyard, as the gentle terrain quickly transformed, leaving all concerned to navigate some rather perilous terrain â much like the wild Nanny Goats’ often found nimbly navigating the rugged landscape of the region. The name Nanny Goat Vineyard stuck, as it seemed to be a fair reflection of our determination to succeed, adapt and thrive in the rugged and often extreme climates of Central Otago a much like the nimble and sure footed wild goats of the region have done before us. From our inception and the inaugural release of our Pinot Noir in 2005, Nanny Goat Vineyard has strived to produce wines with elegance, concentration and balance while allowing each individual parcel of fruit to tell its own unique story.
I guess in a rather uncanny way I have come full circle – from growing up on a small lifestyle block in rural Central Otago farming Angora goats, to the role of Winemaker for Central Otago’s Nanny Goat Vineyard, producing premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.There is no shortage of inspiration in this region – whichever way you turn there is beauty to be found, and I believe that as a winemaker it is my job to make wines that interpret and their unique place origin, the individual sites from which their fruit is sourced, and the quality of the fruit used. Wines should speak for themselves and not be veiled by excessive winemaking intervention. This philosophy applies not only to the wines of Nanny Goat Vineyard, but to all wines I have played a part in producing.
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