This week Emma and I spent a few days in Central Otago as guests of the AWCO group, Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago.
Steve Davies makes one of Central’s loveliest pinots. Never overblown, he manages to keep the fruit in the red spectrum; cherry, raspberry and red plum without ever veering into the dark, super extracted end of things.
I have arrived rather late at the gamay appreciation party. Starting out in the UK wine trade in the mid 1980s, my only exposure to gamay was on Beaujolais Nouveau Day when I had to get up at an ungodly hour to unload a van full of thin, charmless red wine.
I always find it quite exciting to see a wine I’ve never tried before cross my doorstep but tinged with this is some trepidation: will it be any good? The odds are not as encouraging as one would hope…
There is something very encouraging about the approach of Auburn Wines of Bannockburn. The singular focus on riesling and desire to explore the variety through various sub-regional bottlings underscores the growing maturation and confidence in our terroir.
Having tasted Misha’s Vineyard’s inaugural release, I was interested to see how their mission statement – No Compromises – was holding up (always a bold statement given the vagaries of weather and markets…)
In last week’s Sunday Star Times column I bemoaned the fact that a growing number of Central Otago Pinots are expensive wines that curiously lack soul. Afterwards, I wondered if I had been too harsh. Most Central winemakers seem like decent law abiding chaps, though it must be admitted I have only ever seen them… Read More »