Yealands Tasting – Next Event, June 2012


Date: Wednesday13 June, 2012

Time: 7.45 for 8pm

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall. How to get here.

Members: $10, Guests: $10

Presenter: Greg Forward, Regional Manager

For the evening Greg will be accompanied by Mitch Howard – Business Development Manager based in HB, and Melissa Carr – Business Development Manager based in Wgtn. We are hoping for a great turnout. Greg is only back in NZ for a day after six weeks in Europe so we very much appreciate his effort in presenting to the Club. We hope that members will respond by placing orders with Yealands, who we understand will be offering good discounted prices.

The wines to be presented include:

  • Peter Yealands Violet Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc (quaffer)
  • Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2011
  • Yealands Estate Gruner Veltliner 2011
  • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Peter Yealands Pinot Noir 2010
  • Peter Yealands Merlot 2011
  • Yealands Estate Tempranillo 2010

For those interested the Peter Yealands story has now become available in print.

With a career spanning 50 years, and across multiple industries, Peter Yealands could be described as one of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs. The story of his life and business endeavours has been captured in a new book. A bloke for all seasons: The Peter Yealands Story is written by first-time Marlborough author Tom Percy.


In the News – Dec 2011


First XV Wine Competition… and the winners are…



New Zealand – represented by Nelson wines, has held international competition at arm’s length to win the supreme award and First XV trophy at the 2011 Nelson Wineart First XV Wine Competition.

The winners were chosen after a blind tasting of all 45 wines – Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The judges then selected their favourite 15 wines (the first XV) from all the wines and the country with the most wines in this selection was awarded the overall trophy.

New Zealand took the award after having 7 of the 15 wines in the judges’ favourite first XV line-up, Italy had 6 and the USA 2. The best Riesling was judged Blackenbrook Vineyard Nelson 2009, the best Pinot Gris was Etude Carneros 2010 from the USA and the best Gewürztraminer was Cantina Tramin Alto Adige Nussbaumer 2009 from Italy.

Matching what was happening on the rugby field, Italy, USA and New Zealand had each provided a ‘team’ of 15 consisting of five wines from each of three aromatic wine varieties – Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The New Zealand selection was represented by Nelson wines, renowned for their aromatics.

Ralph Kyte-Powell, Riccardo Castaldi, Leslie Sbrocco and Sam Kim.
From left Ralph Kyte-Powell, Riccardo Castaldi, Leslie Sbrocco and Sam Kim.

The independent judging team included renowned international wine judges Sam Kim from New Zealand, Leslie Sbrocco from USA, Riccardo Castaldi from Italy and Ralph Kyte-Powell from Australia was the chair.

Ralph Kyte-Powell says it was a fantastic international event and he says the results from the blind tasting couldn’t have been more perfect.

“We achieved results that were really quite remarkable. If it had been organised, it couldn’t have turned out any better because we had one winner from each of the three countries participating and we also had an overall winner which was the host. It was all completely anonymous and I didn’t even know the results until I opened the envelope to read them out at the degustation dinner, so it added a real spice and some good natured ribbing to the event.”

Ralph Kyte-Powell says the First XV competition has been a huge success.

“Nelson is one of those regions of New Zealand that slips under the radar internationally sometimes. They just do what they do really well. I think this competition focussed on nelson in a way that rarely happens, which has got to be good.”

He says he could see this becoming a regular event.

“Wine is a tool for hospitality and friendship and this Nelson Wine art competition was the perfect mix of fun and serious wine competition,” says Ralph Kyte-Powell.

Daniel Schwarzenbach from Blackenbrook Vineyard, who won the best Riesling, says it was a fantastic international event that has put Nelson on the map.

“It was a real honour for us to win Best Riesling against such great competition and it’s an honour too for Nelson and New Zealand.

“Riesling is like the white pinot noir for winemakers, it’s quite a challenging wine and to win against stiff competition is fantastic. With 4 out of 5 of the Riesling winners coming from Nelson that’s all really good for our region.”

“It was a fabulous event, I’d like to thank Nelson wineart – it was so well organised and professional.”

A total of 360 bottles were flown into Nelson recently – 180 from Italy and 180 from America for the judging, the Degustation Dinner held straight after the judging, and the Tutored Tasting today.

Nelson Winegrowers Association Chairman Mike Brown says the competition has been a huge success.

“As well as promoting the quality of Nelson wines on a global level, this competition has shown that while we’re serious about making great wine, we also like to have a bit of fun. Linking wine with rugby shows just how far New Zealand has come over the past decades from a rugby and beer only mentality. I know a lot of fans who want to enjoy the rugby with a great glass of local wine.”

For those who want to sample some more great Nelson wine, the Nelson New Release Wine Tasting will be held at the Boathouse on Wednesday 28 September from 5 – 7.30pm, where guests can taste over 100 local wines and chat to the people who made find out more go to:

For More Information Please Contact:

Nelson Wine Art – Gisela Purcell on 021 1010 366

Tasting notes are also available – please email Nelson Wineart for copies.

The 2011 Nelson Wineart First Fifteen Trophy wines are in italics

The top 5 Riesling are:

  1. Blackenbrook Vineyard Nelson 2009 Nelson
  2. Greenhough Vineyard Apple Valley 2010 Nelson
  3. Woollaston Estates Nelson 2009 Nelson
  4. Neudorf Vineyards Moutere 2010 Nelson
  5. Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco Aristos 2010 Italy

The top 5 Pinot Gris are:

  1. Etude Carneros 2010 USA
  2. Te Mania Nelson 2010 Nelson
  3.  Plozner Friuli Grave 2010 Italy
  4.  Neudorf Vineyards Moutere 2010 Nelson
  5.  Chehalem Reserve Willamette Valley 2008 USA

The top 5 Gewürztraminer are:

  1. Cantina Tramin Alto Adige Nussbaumer 2009 Italy
  2.  J. Hofstätter Kolbenhof Alto Adige 2010 Italy
  3.  St Michael-Eppan Alto-Adige Sanct Valentin 2010 Italy
  4.  Cantina Produttori Cortaccia Alto Adige Brenntal 2009 Italy
  5.  Seifried Estate Winemakers Collection Nelson 2010 Nelson

The final tallies for Italy, US and Nelson are:


Italy 6

Nelson 7

Therefore, the winner of the 2011 Nelson Wineart First Fifteen Wine Competition is Nelson, New Zealand.

Next Event – Sept 2011

Neudorf Vineyards Wednesday 14h September, 7.45 for 8 pm Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville Members: $16, Guests: $20 Presenter: Judy Finn

Judy Finn - Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.
Judy Finn – Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.

Do you need a respite from the Rugby World Cup 2011? Then this week’s tasting with Judy and her daughter will be the perfect tonic to do that. As most members know Neudorf vineyards is an iconic NZ vineyard that not only has been operating for over 33 years, but it has marked its progress with a string of international awards for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This week we will get to taste their new releases and decide whether we think that they measure up to the wines that were released last year to such critical acclaim. We will start with the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc when you arrive and the tasting proper will look at the following wines:

  • Brightwood Reisling 2010
  • Moutere Chardonnay 2010
  • Nelson Chardonnay 2010
  • Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris 2011
  • Moutere Pinot Noir 2009
  • Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2009NeudorfI hope you share my sense of excitement at our good fortune to have Neudorf visit us this Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you there.

PS. One of the reasons for Neudorf’s success is their innovation and eagerness to try new things. And this flair for innovation extends to their website. Go to their home page and you can join their Twitter updates or click on a couple of web cams and view the activity in the vineyard.