Tag: ferment

Ferment, July 2010

The news that a Hawke’s Bay winery has gone into receivership with debts of $20 million came as a surprise. It was no surprise that the winery found itself unable to continue in the current economic climate because that has happened to a number of businesses and not just wineries. But I was amazed that…

By IWM July 12, 2010 0

Ferment, November 2009

Emboldened by my super smooth flight to Blenheim in September, I accepted an invitation from Wine Marlborough to be part of the Wine Weekend and dutifully packed my bags for a weekend of fun. I left Auckland in brilliant sunshine and flew the first leg to Wellington marvelling at NZ’s stunning landscape NZ. Unfortunately I…

By IWM November 12, 2009 0

Ferment, May 2009

Whilst many release notes proudly proclaim that the wine in question will‘if carefully cellared, continue to develop and evolve’,one of our gripes is that wineries rarely show older vintages to back up their claims. So hats off to Wither Hills for sending out a trio of wines to celebrate a decade of making Pinot Noir.…

By IWM May 12, 2009 0

Ferment, February 2009

In the last couple of months I’ve opened countless bottles of wine, mainly for friends and family. Mindful of the glorious weather, the demand hasn’t been for complex, interesting older bottles but for fruity, fresh New Zealand whites, which we’ve drunk outside on the deck, by the beach or over dinner.  And without fail there…

By IWM February 12, 2009 0

Ferment, April 2008

There has been much discussion recently about the merits and motivation of those wineries submitting multiple single vineyard (or similar) bottlings to wine shows with the implication being that they are merely chasing medals (which is a bit disingenuous really as surely this is the very raison d’être of wine shows?).  However, there is a…

By IWM April 12, 2008 0