Hi to all our valued cellar and selected premium wine customers,
This week seeâ€™s the release of the fasted rising Pinot Noir star of the Wairarapa and possibly NZ, â€˜GLADSTONE 2009â€™ conquer all comers from Burgundy, Oregon, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to take out â€˜CHAMPION NZ Pinot Noirâ€™ and â€˜CHAMPION Pinot Noir of Showâ€™ at the Cathy Pacific HK International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Big things are on the horizon for Gladstoneâ€™s Pinot Noir given the succession of multi-award winning vintages that have led up to this 2009 Global Champion. It is a very complex and beguiling Pinot Noir quite reminiscent of expensive French Burgundy which would have appealed to the International judging panel.Â
I have chosen a firm favourite food match of Confit duck and wild mushrooms, the perfect pairing to Gladstoneâ€™s 2009 Pinot Noir â€“ Click here to see the recipe
Hot off the press, Tenuta dell Ornellaia 2007 (the greatest 1st Growth Bordeaux style red made outside of Bordeaux-France) has just been rated 99 Points, making this the highest scoring Ornellaia ever â€“ There is only 24 x 750ml bottles available plus 2 x magnums 2 x 3 litres. These 3-litre Ornellaiaâ€™s would make a fabulous long term investment purchase.Â
The Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve 2007 (formally the Reserve but under its new livery) has scooped up yet another major award taking its tally to 1x Trophy and 4 x Gold Medals â€“ In the top echelon of NZ Syrah and out of the fabulous 2007 Hawkes Bay vintage that could prove to be the greatest vintage this region has yet experienced â€“ Donâ€™t miss this boat!
Finally weâ€™ve seen a major resurgence of demand for premium NZ Chardonnay in 2010; look no further than the 2009 Villa Maria Reserve (Black Label) Hawkes Bay Chardonnay which has cleaned up at the Air NZ Wine awards Trophy & Gold laying claim to the title of â€˜Champion Chardonnayâ€™ of Show. This is a Hawkes Bay classic beset with flavours of rich stone fruit, hints of pineapple, cashew, stylish spicy oak and pristine acid. Treat yourself to the best and make sure you cellar a few bottles through 2014+.
If you have tried last weekâ€™s food and wine match or are going to cook up a storm with this weekâ€™s recipe then we would love to hear your thoughts so please comment on our Blog or contact me directly email@example.com