Hi to all our valued cellar and selected premium wine customers,
The 2010 Tri-Nations Wine Challenge has recently taken place, the results have just been released and our premium NZ wines did us proud by winning 6 trophies followed by Australia with 5 and South Africa winning 2.
This is a unique competition where entry is via invitation only. Wines are selected by a top judge from each country who seeks out the best wines from their homeland for an elite blind tasting. Bob Campbell MW (NZ), Huon Hook (AUS) and Michael Fridjhorn (SA) are the highly acclaimed panel each with national pride on the line. They put forward only the finest from their respective countries to secure a much coveted trophy in this fiercely competitive challenge.
We have three exciting big name winners on offer including the Mt Difficulty Target Gully Riesling 2009 which is dripping in accolades. We are also giving away the chance to win a trip for two with Mt Difficulty to Queenstown – full details below.
If a Sunday long lunch at one of Waihekeâs greatest wineries sounds tempting, then join Jeff, Virginia and the team at an exclusive 4 course long lunch at Te Whau on Sunday the 31st of October 2010. For full details and menu, click here. Thereâs only 40 seats available and 18 have sold since I released it last week â donât miss out on this brilliant experience.
Enjoy this weeks Cellar Journal and remember, the only things that makes wine taste better is great food and great company.
Last week was hectic, but a very welcome intermission came on Wednesday when Chris Williams and I (Andrew) attended the Negociants NZ âOur Friends at Homeâ Trade Tasting.Â It gave us an opportunity to have a look through the entire Negociants NZ portfolio under one roof and catch up with a few winemakers. The tasting was hosted at Okahu (opposite Kelly Tarltons) on Tamaki Drive, a great venue that sits right on top of the water.Â
With so many wines to try in one afternoon, we decided to whip around the room and taste the fizz and whites first, to give our palates a breather before hitting the reds.
Â Hi from Jeff,Â
Several weeks ago myself and Chris Williams, our Senior Wine Buyer, flew to Queenstown and spent several days visiting winemakers at a few of Otagoâs finest producers. We tasted current releases and wines in tank/barrel from both the 2009 and 2010 vintages. I can tell you firsthand wine lovers have plenty of excitement ahead from both of these vintages.Â Â
It was incredibly valuable spending time with the winemakers and reacquainting ourselves with their vineyards, winemaking philosophies and future direction; every visit was special in its own right. None more so than the few hours we spent with Mike Herrick at Mt Difficulty wines, a producer of such incredible consistency that one can sometimes become a bit blasĂ© which we had done so to a degree.Â
We tasted through all of the current releases and also tasted numerous tank and barrel samples from 2009/2010 vintages; we categorised every wine between very good to outstanding with more than 50% falling into the outstanding category. Little wonder Mt Difficulty was recently included in Decanter Magazines âTop 20 NZ Wineriesâ (the most respected UK wine publication and among the worldâs âTop 3â most authoritative wine guides).Â Â Â
If youâre a Mt Difficulty follower then youâll be keen to take advantage of these fabulous prices on this broad selection; if you, like us, have let them fly under your radar for a while then youâd be crazy not to reacquaint yourself with their beautiful wines while we have them all on special. Cheers Jeff
Hi from Greg
Starting this week we will publish our exciting Cellar Journal to our Blog. It is filled with exceptional, premium wine discoveries and insightful reviews on iconic wines. I hope you enjoy them and please feel free to comment on this blog or email me with any comment email@example.com â Iâd love to hear what wines you are interested in and about any fabulous wine experiences.
Thereâs some big names and important releases with huge accolades in this weekâs Cellar Journal including the exciting new release of the Gold Medal & 95 point dâArenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2007. Plus the first release of Quartz Reefâs flagship Bendigo Pinot Noir.
With the exceptional 2008 Waiheke Island vintage, I have organised a fantastic 4 course long lunch on Sunday the 31st of October 2010 at one of Waihekeâs greatest wineryâs, Te Whau. For full details and menu, click here.
Enjoy this weekâs Journal and remember, donât wait for an occasion to enjoy your special wines, wine is the occasion which is a great excuse to pull something special out of your cellar.
Tenuta dellâ Ornellaia is a winery I have been lucky enough to visit twice in the last 10 years. Whilst I have tasted every vintage of Ornellaia on release from 1999 onwards, I have never tasted an aged Ornellaia and certainly never a vertical. The same was true for nearly everyone in our small group of 15 who were privileged enough to attend this rare vertical tasting from 2001 through 2007.Â
Importers, Stephen Bennett MW and Matt Deller guided us through this incomparable experience. Rated as one of Italy’s First Growths (5 Greatest Estates) , to grasp how special this Estate is you have to review all the amazing wines of the Estate which we did (except Masseto)Â in the exceptional first flight of our tasting.