After judging the 2011 Mercedes Benz Hawkes Bay Wine Awards, and weeks of blind panel tasting at Fine Wine Delivery Company, I can definitively say that 2010 is a seminal year for Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Syrah.Â It is clearly the greatest vintage for the variety in New Zealand thus far.Â TheÂ vintage was a near perfect growing season that produced very low yields of ripe, flavour-packed and physiologically-balanced grapes.Â This, combined with greater vine maturity and winemaker experience with the variety have culminated in a huge surge forward in Syrah quality and style in this country. (more…)
One of the Worldâ€™s Great Wine Estates in the making
is in our own backyard on Waiheke Island
In this weekâ€™s FWDC Cellar Journal we are proud to offer the exciting new-vintage releases of Man Oâ€™ War wines Â (more…)
Hi to all our valued cellar and selected premium wine customers,
Apologies we didnâ€™t send you our weekly Cellar Journal on Tuesday as expected. When the news of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch began to emerge we decided to put our normal business on hold and focus the energies of our team on how we could best do something to assist.
Wednesday afternoon we released an auction of three rare Selection Series dozens from our wine cellar to help raise funds for the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal. The response has been sensational. As we send you this email the top three bids sit at $4,250, $4,010 and $4,000 guaranteeing a minimum of $12,260 to the cause and with final bidding not closing until 3pm today that figure will climb.
If you would like to bid on a dozen knowing that youâ€™ll be enjoying some extraordinary aged wines of which 100% of your purchase price will make its way to the Red Cross Earthquake Fund the auction is live until 3pm today so there is still plenty of opportunity. Please notify as many people as possible to help maximise the funds raised for the Earthquake Appeal. For full details â€“ see our previous blog post
Below is the Cellar Journal we were due to send you on Tuesday, Enjoy.
Last Friday Jeff and I returned to Man Oâ€™ War with our video production team and captured theÂ essence of this unique wine venture and the passion of its key people; winemaker, Duncan McTavish and viticulturist, Matt Allen.
We thinks itâ€™s an engrossing 25-minute watch, do it over lunch.
Absolutely staggering! Thatâ€™s how I can best describe my recent visit to Man Oâ€™ War vineyards located on a rugged 4,500 acre private station at the Eastern end of Waiheke Island in Aucklandâ€™s Hauraki Gulf, a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. I knew of its existence, this Spencer family owned winegrowing project started in 1993; I had experienced some of their earlier wines and to be frank found them to be inconsistent, some bottles delicious some definitely not so. (more…)