Seeing out the year, Woman power

Seeing out the year

Things are getting back to normal and it seems like we were never away. Although numbers were down due to the inclement weather last month’s Seifried tasting was a most enjoyable event. Seeing out the year we have the “Aging of Wines” tasting, Stonecroft from Hawkes Bay, a November Festive theme concentrating on Spanish wines and the Christmas Dinner. A great finish to the year, but surely it is not September already!!

Woman power

It is interesting to note that since September last year, and up to our October tasting next month, we will have had five wineries featured, the other meetings being dinners, a quiz night, AGM, and supplier presenters. Of those five three will have been supported by women presenters. Jane Hunter, Anna Seifried and in October Andria Monin from Stonecroft.

What an opportune time to highlight women in wine in New Zealand. The “In the News” section this month features a media release from New Zealand Winegrowers about the launch of a new group “Women in Wine NZ”. Women are having an increasingly significant role in the New Zealand wine industry, to the great benefit of consumers and the country alike.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

Looking back on 2016

As ever, I find this a time to reflect on what the year has offered. We had a great day for the BBQ in January. Always a pleasant afternoon for those attending. February saw a tasting with Roberta Montero presenting for the Artisan Winegrowers of Central Otago. An interesting and somewhat different approach to winemaking from this group. March was a very successful tasting of Argentinian wines presented by Josefina Telleria from South2South. In April we had Edward Donaldson presenting for Pegasus Bay. The AGM in May passed quickly and members enjoyed some wines from the Club’s cellar before we moved on to June where Foxes Island and  held centre stage. This was a very professional presentation.

Things really got rolling in July with the mid-year dinner at Logan Brown. Some issues around service but otherwise an excellent evening. August was time for Keith Tibble to present an Australian evening, mainly Elderton from the Barossa Valley but included offerings from McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. September was with Gavin Yortt and Squawking Magpie from Hawkes Bay. October was a highlight with Jane Hunter presenting from Marlborough. It was great to get an icon of the NZ wine industry for this event. November completed a somewhat international year with Cangrande doing Italian wines for our festive tasting. Dinner at Muse this month completes our year.

Your committee have been very pleased with the programme and hope everyone found something to enjoy. Have a great Christmas and then we will look to developing 2017 events to match those of the past year.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

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Hunter’s Marlborough – Jane Hunter – October 2016

Here are the delivered wines on my garage floor
Here are the delivered wines on my garage floor

The evening went very well and what a great turnout.

Jane Hunter presented well and at the right level for the club.  The turnout included some members from Western Hills Wine Club, and it was lovely to be their hosts for the evening.  The wines were good and at a good price resulting in a very high number of orders.  Jane enjoyed the evening and commented that next time she would present bubbles and a Gewürztraminer as part of the programme.  Feedback from members indicated that they enjoyed the evening and it was a great tasting. It was useful that although a bit reluctant, and there was an issue of the batteries having flattened, Jane used the microphone headset and we were all able to hear what was being said.

The wines presented on the night included; Hunters Pinot Gris – 2016 (quaffer),  Hunters Riesling 2012,  Hunters Chardonnay 2015, Hunters Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Hunters Rose 2016,  Hunters Pinot Noir 2014, and the Hukapapa Dessert Wine 2014.

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Hunter’s Marlborough – October 2016

2016-06-3-5751105912f05If New Zealand had a royal family of wine, Jane Hunter would be the queen. Jane is an internationally respected vintner and recipient of the prestigious UK Women in Wine Award and has an OBE.

Exactly 25 years after taking over managing Hunter’s Wines Jane was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to viticulture.

Jane will be with us next month with a great selection of Hunter’s Wines. Don’t miss this one.

Eurovintage, showcase presenters

2016-06-3-5751105912f05Apologies to those of you who ordered wines after the Eurovintage Barossa evening. Unfortunately, there has been a glitch in the wines reaching me. Keith is doing his best to get the balance of wines to me, but he is the only Eurovintage representative in this part of the country and is covering business across the lower North Island. I am expecting to be able to complete deliveries this coming weekend.

The next two months showcases two wineries that have been trailblazers in their way. Gavin Yortt has been producing wines in the Gimblett Gravels since the early 1980s while Jane Hunter has likewise been in the industry for a similar period and is the icon of Marlborough wineries. With such well-established presenters, the meetings are full of promise.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

Hunter’s Riesling Double Trophy Win

2016-06-3-57510d4a4e6e62016-06-3-57510de1d2ee9Friday 27 May 2016, Hunter’s Wines collected not one but two trophies for the Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2015 at the International Cool Climate Wine Show.

The trophies were presented at Friday evening’s awards dinner at Mornington Racing Club in Melbourne, Australia.

Riesling has always been a winning variety for Hunter’s Wines. The 2012 vintage collected a trophy last year at the Marlborough Wine Show showing the age-ability of Riesling. Every vintage of Hunter’s Riesling has won at least a gold medal in the last five years. But the awards started many more years before.

Jane Hunter commented: “It an incredible result. To win a trophy is always very gratifying and one to be proud of. To go on and win two trophies in the same show is spectacular. It’s very reassuring that our style of Riesling stands up year after year.”

Jane Hunter’s nephew and winemaker, James Macdonald said he has always enjoyed making Riesling saying: “Riesling is a fun variety for Inus [Hunter’s other winemaker] and I as it reflects Hunter’s personal style. Riesling has fallen away in popularity in the last few years but for the more astute wine drinker, it offers so much. Our off-dry style makes it very versatile and food friendly. The double trophy win is a pat on the back for both the vineyard and winemaking teams.”

Hunter’s Wines are available across New Zealand and internationally at all good wine retailers. Contact Hunter’s Wines to find your nearest stockist – 0800 HUNTER or wine@hunters.co.nz.

About Hunter’s Wines

Hunter’s Wines are recognised as one of the pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry and one of New Zealand’s best-known family-owned wineries. Established by Irishman, the late Ernie Hunter in 1979, the company is now headed by Jane Hunter, CNZM, OBE.

Some 30 years on, Jane is the most awarded women in the New Zealand wine industry with an impressive set of accolades, including an O.B.E and was made a Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit. Jane is backed by a great team and three generations of family.

After winning immediate acclaim in 1986, now with 195 gold medals, 40 trophies and innumerable international awards and accolades later, Hunter’s wines are still breaking new ground.

Find out more about Hunter’s Wines visit www.hunters.co.nz. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all via @HuntersWinesNZ.

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Second half of the year – Editor

Lineup

2016-04-27-57212e0c27865We are coming into a great second half of the year for club members. With the line-up over the next few months including Foxes Island, dinner at Logan Brown, and then Peter Lehmann, Squawking Magpie and Jane Hunter. Phew.

Dinner & subs

There are a couple of attachments to this newsletter. There is a payment advice which includes the June meeting, the July dinner and, it’s that time of year again, subscriptions. Please print off the form and bring it to next week’s tasting. Alternatively, you can arrange payment direct to the Club bank account as set out on the form.

Dinner menu

Also attached is the menu for the July dinner. No point trying to resist it, just come along.

Cheers
Robin Semmens, Editor

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