New Zealand wine has come a long way since the first French varieties were seriously planted in the late 1960â€™s and the South Island pioneered in the early 1970â€™s. Since then weâ€™ve become world famous for Sauvignon Blanc, and respected among international critics for our aromatic whites and Pinot Noir. As Lisa Perotti Brown MW said in her report on New Zealand wine in Robert Parkerâ€™s Wine Advocate last year; â€śWhen I compared recent vintages against even the icons of the past, it was tangible that New Zealandâ€™s wines have advanced at an incredible pace.â€ť
The most exciting advance in the past ten years has been the quest for terroir. Our best winemakers are searching for, discovering and making wine from special, specific sites that result in wines of wonderful quality and special character.
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If you are passionate about great food and wine matching like we are, then go no further than Waihekeâ€™s Te Whau vineyardÂ – The setting is absolutely spectacular with 180 degree views of the water. Not only is the food and wine stunning but Tony Forsyth and his team are top notch and will make sure you leave with the Te Whau experience. Something to consider when youâ€™re at a loose end this summer and maybe the children are away.
Also, Robert Parkerâ€™s Wine Advocate has released ratings on the stunning Kumeu River 2008 Chardonnays â€“ certainly New Zealandâ€™s answer to fine white Burgundy and a must for this coming summer.
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If youâ€™ve had any great winery experiences recently, then we appreciate hearing about them so please comment onÂ our Blog or contact me directly email@example.comÂ Cheers Greg
Several weeks ago myself and Chris Williams, our Senior Wine Buyer, flew to Queenstown and spent several days visiting winemakers at a few of Otagoâ€™s 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
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 â€śTop 20 NZ Wineriesâ€ť (the most respected UK wine publication and among the worldâ€™s â€śTop 3â€ť most authoritative wine guides).Â Â Â
If youâ€™re a Mt Difficulty follower then youâ€™ll 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 youâ€™d be crazy not to reacquaint yourself with their beautiful wines while we have them all on special. Cheers Jeff
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 firstname.lastname@example.org â€“ Iâ€™d love to hear what wines you are interested in and about any fabulous wine experiences.
Thereâ€™s some big names and important releases with huge accolades in this weekâ€™s Cellar Journal including the exciting new release of the Gold Medal & 95 point dâ€™Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2007. Plus the first release of Quartz Reefâ€™s 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 Waihekeâ€™s greatest wineryâ€™s, Te Whau. For full details and menu, click here.
Enjoy this weekâ€™s Journal and remember, donâ€™t 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.