Vigneron's Notes

A family wine estate from New Zealand. We craft traditional wine styles that emphasise texture, mouthfeel and persistence of flavour.

Month: August, 2016

Rosé 2016 Food Match Recipe

Blackened Salmon with Citrus Salad (serves 2)


A delicate yet detailed Rosé. Quenching, with notes of ripe citrus and sweet spice. The palate has well balanced acid with orange and cranberry fruit characters.


2 x salmon fillets

2 x orange

1 x meyer lemon (best to use meyer as the flesh is tasty and not too tart)

2 x mandarin

2 x mint tips

1 x good sized sprig of flat leaf parsley

olive oil

For the Seasoning:

½ tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano (dried)

1 tsp thyme (dried or fresh)

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp dill (dried)

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp vege salt

1 tsp salt

A few grinds of black pepper

Mix the seasoning all together in a bowl.

Cut/peel the skin off your citrus and remove as much pith as possible. Keep the mandarin segments whole but cut the orange and lemon into small pieces. Put into a bowl with roughly chopped parsley and mint, mix together with a splash of olive oil and pinch of salt.

Heat a skillet or heavy bottomed frying pan with a dash of oil. Coat your salmon fillets with olive oil then cover the entire fillet with seasoning. Fry off in pan until completely black on all sides. Be sure to have the windows open and the extractor on! Depending on the size of the fillet and how well done you like your salmon you may wish to finish it off for 5-10 minutes in a hot oven.

Plate up and enjoy with Bellbird Spring Pinot Noir Rosé 2016




Spring Update from Bellbird Spring


Dear Friends,

With the first day of Spring tomorrow it’s time for another update. It has been a busy few months for Bellbird Spring with travel to Canada, the UK and Hong Kong.  I visited distributors, retailers, restaurants and spoke with customers.  Making these contacts, renewing business relationships and rekindling friendships is vital to us.

In mid August we held an Affinity lunch at Roots Restaurant in Lytttelton (see below for blog post). This was an intimate affair and similarly an opportunity to meet new friends. Those at the lunch had a first tasting of the limited production Pinot Noir Rosé 2016.  This will be listed on our web site for a short time only.

I have been spending time on under vine weeding and the focus of the next few weeks will be finishing off the last of the winter jobs in preparation for Spring growth. You will hear from us again once we’re on the other side (we hope!) of frost fighting season.

Best regards,

Guy Porter

Roots Affinity Lunch

Affinity (noun) – a liking or sympathy for someone or something, especially because of shared characteristics.


On August 20th Guy hosted an affinity lunch at the highly acclaimed Roots Restaurant in Lyttelton. This was an opportunity to meet new friends and to relish Canterbury produce with Canterbury wine.

A convivial group ate, drank, chatted and laughed over a wonderful lunch.  We got to see why wines with texture and complexity suit fine food so well, but more than that we enjoyed good food, good wine and good company together.

Photos from the day can be see on our Facebook page.