There can’t have been a single delegate at Pinot17 who wasn’t charmed by Hatsch Kalberer’s gentle speech praising Central Otago’s wines and its winemakers.
Reading the notes that accompanied these new releases, I was surprised to learn Mahi’s symbol is not, as I always thought, a snail but instead a representation of the NZ fern frond. As we know, you learn something new every day.
There is much to like about Dog Point. Self effacing, talented owners making carefully crafted, strongly appealing wines that show true sense of place.
Gewürztraminer is very much on my mind right now as at the end of January I’ll be presenting a masterclass with Nick Nobilo on this noblest of varieties as part of the Nelson Aromatics Symposium.
Familiar to lovers of Alsace wine, a bottle labelled Gentil will (traditionally) be a field blend of mainly riesling, muscat and/or gewurztraminer with the balance made up of sylvaner, chasselas and pinot blanc.
That Marlborough sauvignon blanc is the engine room of the country’s wine is a given. But in a typically New Zealand fashion, we seem to both be extremely proud and incredibly dismissive of the grape and style.
It was half way through Hayley Westenra’s rendition of ‘Songbird’ that I realised Emma and I had a long way to go to be recognised as serious wine writers. “Take a photo” I hissed. (I was too embarrassed to tell her I had packed a camera but had left it back in the tasting room).… Read More »
The focus on individual regions at Pinot 2013 afforded a great opportunity to meet winemakers but not (for me at least) a great opportunity to taste wine properly. I have never mastered the whole glass/booklet/pen/spittoon juggling act nor, more importantly, the ability to taste and make an honest assessment under the watchful (and sometimes, extremely… Read More »
Sam Smail’s main occupation is as winemaker for Whitehaven Wines but he also owns Sea Level, a label that allows him to make small parcel wines
When Nick Lane asked me if I’d like to ‘say a few words’ at the 2011 Pinot @ Cloudy celebration I was delighted, and agree to do so. However, when the brief arrived, I found I was delivering the Inaugural Cloudy Bay Address.