One thing I have found through teaching wine courses is that students who are new to wine bring a refreshing perspective to the way they describe it. Wine should be described in an evocative (but hopefully pretention-free) way and we shouldn’t feel shackled by use of conventional anglo-saxon lexicon.
It seems to rather befit an outfit with a slightly dualistic nature (think hedonistic party boys who also happen to produce some of the country’s finest wines) that their flagship chardonnays present a study of an almost Jekyll and Hyde nature. On one hand is the suave complexity that is the Riflemans, on the other is… Read More »
On reflection, I think it was a seminal moment last Friday night when my husband looked at me and said : “I think I prefer the Trinity Hill”. Despite being together over twenty years, throughout which time he has drunk some of the world’s greatest wines, JR retains an amateur interest in the subject I… Read More »
It seems to be mandatory when discussing Te Mata Estate to start by mentioning that they are New Zealand’s oldest winery and then to say they produce the illustrious, Bordeaux-like Coleraine. So that being out of the way, I can now comment on what really struck me at Te Mata’s recent Showcase 2010 tasting: the… Read More »
Since returning from the Hawke’s Bay Syrah Symposium in January, I have spent a bit of time pondering on the emerging style of NZ syrah. It was certainly clear from the comments of overseas journalists (especially the UK ones) they regarded NZ syrah, especially from Waiheke and HB, as the next ‘big thing’. Last week… Read More »
As it is with people, it is also interesting to see how an industry presents itself (yes, that will be me giving your shoes a once over to see if they are polished). I came away from last weekend’s Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers’ Cabernet Merlot Forum and Syrah Symposium slightly scratching my head at the image… Read More »