The little wine company that could
project with his mate and fellow cricketer Jarrod Englefield. He then thought it would be a good idea to start making his own wine here in Marlborough.
‘‘We started with absolutely zero, creating the distribution and then coming back to the supply. So, it’s been a completely different way of looking at the industry, and doing everything ourselves, and the whole learning process along the way.
‘‘It’s been pretty epic to be able to do what we’ve done.’’
Bailey, a wine school dropout, says he learned everything on the job.
‘‘I guess you could call me a gumboot winemaker.
‘‘I studied for a couple years, didn’t finish my degree and I’ve learned everything on the job. There is no hard and fast rulebook that I run by.
‘‘We never started, or I never started, with the intention of doing what I do today.
‘‘It was never the idea … We started with 30,000 bottles, you know, it was nothing.
‘‘Today is a completely different story. Last year we processed three and half thousand tons,’’ he said.
Misty Cove also produced a gruner veltliner and pinot gris in a region famous for sauvignon blanc, which both won big in the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018. Their pinot gris took out the Dish Magazine Champion Pinot Gris – Brother Cyprian trophy, and the gruner took out the Other White Wine category.
Then there’s those pesky cans. Like ’em or lump ’em, it seems that they are here to stay, as other big wineries are starting to cotton on too.
‘‘The original idea with the cans kicked off in the Netherlands.
‘‘There was a German and Dutch guy who basically who had this idea … The idea had stuck with me, they approached us to put New Zealand sauvignon in it.
‘‘The idea has always been there and I always wanted to do it.
‘‘I think one thing that wine in a can has had a bad rep over the years over, was poor quality. Now, with the technology that goes into the cans, the lining, the filling, the understanding of how it works. The quality, you can put good quality wine into a can and it can last. It’s proven.
‘‘It chills down, and it’s great for outdoors, picnics, lifestyle, that sort of thing.
‘‘And funny, ya know?
‘‘It’s also great for little old ladies who want to have a smaller serving.’’
Not shy about speaking straight about the pretensions of wine culture, Bailey said his winemaking philosophy was a simple one.
‘‘For me it’s more about the producing great wine and something to drink with great friends, telling a great story and selling a great product in the world, and just getting on with it rather than having to worry about all the intricacies in behind the winemaking, I guess.’’