Dragon Bones 2013 Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris and Riesling

17-Dec-2014
The third release of the Lone Hill Waitaki Valley Riesling and Pinot Gris wines will carry the ‘Dragon Bones’ label. This is a complete change in appearance from the very New World presentation of the ‘Lone Hill’ wines of 2011 and 2012. Owners Peter and Teresa Wutz wanted a change for the third vintage that was made by Dean Shaw at COWCO in Cromwell, following the end of the local Pasquale winemaking services of Cleighton Cornelius. The new livery is far more intricate with a nod to the traditional wine labels of Germany.

Peter explains the background: "my daughter Rohanna went for a walk behind the hills behind the vineyard with our then 4 y.o. granddaughter Bessie where they came across a number of fossils. Rohanna asked Bessie what she thought they were, and the answer was dragon bones. A few weeks later, Bessie’s father Tim, who lives on site and tends the vines, asked her if she has an idea to what name could be given to the 2013 vintage wines, and the prompt answer was again dragon bones.” They all liked it and Tim designed a new label. Of course, the Wutz family are aware of the situation of marketing a new brand, but they have considered asking the grandchildren again to come up with another name for the next vintage! www.lonehill.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Dragon Bones Waitaki Valley North Otago Pinot Gris 2013
  • Dragon Bones Waitaki Valley North Otago Riesling 2013

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