Villa Maria – March 2019

Yet another excellent tasting with Marc Udy from Villa Maria, ably assisted by Kirsty Warbrick,  presenting a range of great wines including some from their Platinum Range. Marc is one of the winemakers from Marlborough.  He was a good speaker and the consensus is that the winery has been really easy to deal with.

To reiterate the tasting included the Cellar Selection Rose 2018; Reserve Wairua Sauvignon 2018;  Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris 2018; Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016; Platinum Selection Pinot Noir 2018; Cellar Selection Grenache 2017, rounded off with the Cellar Selection Late Harvest Riesling 2015.  An enjoyable night.

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Negociants present Yalumba Wines – Cenna Lloyd – October 2018

This was a very enjoyable tasting. Cenna was a very knowledgeable presenter with a great relaxed style. She admitted to a few nerves to start with but was soon interacting nicely with the members. The wines presented were great wines at a good value for money. The tasting was a good night.

Whilst we haven’t used Negociants before, the fact that we are now licensed means we can deal with this type of operation in the future. We will keep it in mind to pencil Negociants in for another tasting soon, as they have a really good provider base.

To reiterate, the wines tasted were the:

  • 2017/2018 Sangiovese Rosé
  • 2017 Organic Chardonnay
  • 2014 Eden Valley Roussanne
  • 2017 Eden Valley Viognier
  • 2017 Old Bush Vine Grenache
  • 2015 Paradox Shiraz
  • 2014 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

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Spanish Festive Wines, November 2017

Wayne reports, Olé indeed. From arriving to Spanish music to being seated in a horseshoe and enjoying some tapas with the wines, this was truly a night with a difference.

The meet and greet wine was the very affordable Torres Sangre de Toro Rosado 2016. I’ve always liked this wine because of the red bull that hangs from the neck of each bottle. But the contents weren’t bad either with the Rose being a bright raspberry colour with good fruit flavour. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to try a Rose that was made from grapes we don’t find here in NZ, namely Carnena and Garnacha (known respectively as Carignan and Grenache in other parts of the world).

The first tasting wine was a delightful white sherry, Lustau Puerto Fino.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve tasted this light dry sherry that is famous around the world, so I particularly loved the match with the Crumbed Olive tapas that showed the versatility of this wine when matched with salty briny foods. And Keith’s comments about Sherry’s famous solera system added to our appreciation of this wonderful wine style which seems to have fallen out of favour here in NZ.

Next to follow were the Vina Esmeralda Moscatel-Gewurztraminer 2016 and the 2013 Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay.  The first was matched with a delicious Serrano ham and honeydew melon tapas which matched perfectly the wonderful floral aromas of the 85% dominant Moscatel grape.  The Chardonnay was a nice addition to the whites being tasted.  It was fermented in stainless steel with a third of the wine fermented and aged for 5 months in new oak.

I enjoyed the freshness of this wine and its lingering aftertaste, and given the tasting notes suggest that this is excellent with fish, paella and turkey, it’s hardly surprising that the match on the night with the warm Spanish shrimp dish was excellent.

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Glancing Back: Grant Burge Wines

grant-burgeThe presentation was arranged by Eurovintage and what an evening it was.

The wines were great and the presentation lively and informative.

Great attendance with 36 members and 7 guests.

Keith thoroughly enjoyed the evening and was very pleased with the orders he received.

The selection included:

  • 2007 Te Mata Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2012 Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz
  • 2010 Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz
  • 2011 Grant Burge Filsell (Shiraz)
  • 2010 Grant Burge Cameron Vale (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2010 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity G.S.M (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre)
  • Grant Burge Aged Tawny

It’s amazing how well it works when we can get iconic NZ or Australian producers.

Next Event: Festive Wines in Nov

advintage-logo-headerDate: Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Time: 7.45 pm for 8.00 pm start

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

Charge: Members $10 Guests $12 – Numbers are limited so please reply to Robin’s Cellar Club Newsletter & email.

Presenter: John Macpherson, Advintage

John (Mac) Macpherson from Advintage is presenting again. A change of format in that we are going away from the strictly bubbly theme of previous Novembers, however sticking to the festive theme. Mac is likely to be
accompanied by John Kemble again so be prepared for an entertaining night.

Look at the line-up. There is something for everyone here.


Veuve d’Argent Methode Brut NV – Not from Champagne but produced by the team at Louis Bouillot in Burgundy. This sharply priced French Methode is delightfully fresh, well balanced and deliciously loaded with fresh apple and stone fruit characters.

Wines to be presented

  1. Lake Chalice Pinot Rose 2013 – Advintage say that this it is clearly one of this vintage’s best Roses. Fresh and deliciously off dry with lingering strawberry and tangy citrus flavours.
  2. Te Whare Ra Toru – A blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The previous vintage took out a prestigious TOP 5, FIVE STAR & BEST BUY spot in Cuisine Magazine.
  3. Squawking Magpie The Stolen Chalice Reserve Chardonnay 2012 – Notes not currently available.
  4. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone 2012 – A Grenache/Syrah blend; In Advintage’s opinion Michel Chapoutier dominates the Cotes du Rhone market in the lower price French range and this glorious 2012 is, quite simply, extra-extraordinary value.
  5. Two Gates Syrah 2011 –. Two Gates is a premium, organic focussed, brand from the proven Rod McDonald stable. Grown from fruit sourced from the original Two Gates vineyards, this is a superior Hawkes Bay Syrah that is built for the long haul.
  6. Champagne Lanvin Brut NV – Notes not currently available, but a well-known Champagne.
  7. Champagne Taittinger Brut NV – Taittinger is heralded worldwide as a Champagne of great finesse, elegance and understated power.

October with Grant Burge

grant-burgeWednesday 9 September 2013, 7.45 for 8 pm start.

Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.

Members: $12, Guests: $16

Presenter: Keith Tibble, Eurovintage Account Manager, Wellington

Not even Hawaii will keep me from this tasting. The presentation is arranged by Eurovintage. Independent and privately owned, they have been in the wine distribution business for over 20 years, and are extremely proud of their premium portfolio which includes some of the most exciting brands and estates from New Zealand and around the world. Keith Tibble is not unknown to the Cellar Club having presented in the past, albeit not recently. He has been in the Liquor Industry for over 25 years having worked for Penfolds New Zealand, New Zealand Wines & Spirits, Hancocks, Burleigh Trading, Vintage Wines and Spirits and now EuroVintage since its inception in 2010.

Tonight Keith will be presenting some of the iconic Grant Burge brand wines and a port. Over five generations Grant Burge Wines have brought together the finest vineyards and hands-on techniques with modern winemaking to express the classic Barossa Valley. Share their passion for great wine. A Grant Burge label is your guarantee of quality and integrity. An all red night but what reds.

The selection will include:

  • Quaffer – something light and elegant arranged by Eurovintage
  • 2012 Grant Burge Benchmark Shiraz
  • 2010 Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz
  • 2011 Grant Burge Filsell (Shiraz)
  • 2010 Grant Burge Cameron Vale (Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2010 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity G.S.M (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre)
  • Grant Burge Aged Tawny