NZ wine to be showcased in new podcast series

thedrinksbusiness.com | 18 February 2019

Industry body New Zealand Winegrowers has teamed up with podcast creator Lawrence Francis of Interpreting Wine in order to provide in-depth coverage of its annual tasting.

The podcast series will take the form of seven episodes, featuring interviews with four winemakers and three regional masterclasses.

The first episode will be unveiled today (18 February) with all seven due to be released by 24 February.

The podcasts are available free of charge on major platforms including Spotify and iTunes. They will also be made available on the New Zealand Winegrowers website at a later date.

The episode schedule is as follows: episode one, Jamie Marfell, group winemaker at Pernod Ricard; episode two, Warren Gibson, winemaker at Trinity Hill; episode three, Sam Bennett, winemaker at Te Pa Wines; episode four, Kevin Judd, winemaker and owner at Greywacke; episode five, Rebecca Gibb MW, a masterclass on Central Otago, episode six, Ronan Sayburn MS and Kevin Judd, a masterclass on Marlborough; and episode seven, Rebecca Gibb MW, a masterclass on Hawke’s Bay

Europe marketing manager at New Zealand Winegrowers, Chris Stroud, commented: “We were delighted when Lawrence approached us to cover our annual tasting on his podcast. This series allows people who were not able to attend our tasting the opportunity to hear directly from the winemakers and learn from the regional masterclasses. We hope it brings a flavour of New Zealand to them.”

Lawrence Francis, content director at Interpreting Wine added: “Podcasting is a versatile and effective tool for wine communication. I know farmers who listen to the show on their tractors and others who play it while driving or working off their wine calories in the gym. In September 2018 Ofcom found that half of UK podcast listeners are under 35 so I think it’s an excellent way to connect with young wine drinkers.”

New Zealand Winegrowers’ annual London tasting took place on 16 January this year. You can listen to the podcast series here.

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Air New Zealand’s reveals new wine list

air-new-zealands-reveals-new-wine-list579a9c159e2afWine experts have settled on a list of close to 50 wines, some costing more than $100 a bottle, for Air New Zealand to select from for its business class passengers.

Six of the nation’s leading independent wine experts have selected “The Fine Wines of New Zealand” – to serve in planes from September.

A selection panel comprising Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas has agreed on the list for 2016 which includes 47 wines representing seven varietals.

One of the key criteria was consistency, with a wine having had to have been produced to an ”exceptional standard” for a minimum of five consecutive years.

Air New Zealand chief operations officer Bruce Parton says the airline had been a longstanding supporter of New Zealand’s wine industry.

It spends about $6 million a year on wine for passengers throughout aircraft.

“We believe we can help further build awareness and appreciation of these world class wines with international travellers and propel leading New Zealand wineries to even greater commercial success,” Parton said.

The wines would be promoted through its inflight entertainment system, at offshore events and using contacts internationally to help open up key export markets for the wineries should they need this support.

The airline’s specialist inflight wine consultants, who are based in New Zealand, China and the United States, will select wines from the list for serving in business premier cabins. Not all on the list of 47 would make it on board as some do not react well to high altitudes or are available in sufficient quantities.

Parton said it was important that the wines were selected independently of its existing wine programme.

”We look forward to working closely with the wine masters in the coming years to compile this list annually.”

In 2014 Air New Zealand moved to a three-year deal with a single supplier, Villa Maria, in its economy section which upset some in the wine industry, but which the airline said had been part of simplifying the supply chain.

The Fine Wines of New Zealand for 2016:

Aromatics
Felton Road Dry Riesling 2014
Felton Road Block 1 Riesling 2015
Framingham F series Riesling Kabinett 2015
Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2014
Stonecroft Gewürztraminer 2015
Te Whare Ra Toru SV5182 2014
Millton Vineyards Clos de Ste Anne Chenin Blanc 2014
Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris 2014
Dry River Pinot Gris 2014

Pinot Noir
Felton Road Block 3 2013
Burn Cottage 2014
Valli Bannockburn 2014
Rippon Vineyards Tinkers Field 2012
Bell Hill 2012
Ata Rangi 2013
Dry River 2013
Craggy Range Aroha 2013
Kusuda 2013

Bordeaux style
Te Mata Coleraine 2014
Craggy Range Sophia 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013
Esk Valley The Terraces 2013
Stonyridge Vineyard Larose 2014
Church Road Tom 2013

Sauvignon Blanc
Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011
Astrolabe Province 2015
Dog Point 2015
Greywacke 2015
Saint Clair Reserve Wairau 2015
Vavasour 2015

Chardonnay
Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard 2014
Neudorf Moutere 2011
Sacred Hill Riflemans 2014
Dog Point 2013
Felton Road Block 2 2010
Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard 2014

Sparkling
Nautilus NV
Akarua Vintage Brut 2010
Deutz Blanc de Blanc Vintage 2011
Quartz Reef Vintage 2010

Dessert wines
Forrest Wines Botrytised Riesling 2012
Framingham Wines Noble Riesling 2013
Framingham Wines ‘F’ Gewürztraminer 2014

Syrah
Craggy Range Le Sol 2013
Trinity Hill Homage 2013
Bilancia La Collina 2013
Te Mata Bullnose 2014

6:30 AM Friday Jul 29, 2016 | Read more by Grant BradleyNZ Herald

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In the News – Master-classes in Hot Red HB wine

2015 HRHB SignatureFor the first time in 12 years, Hot Red Hawke’s Bay wine shows will feature wine master-classes led by four Hawke’s Bay experts.

The cellar doors of more than 30 of the region’s finest wineries come together for these popular events held in Auckland and Wellington, with more than 200 wines to sample — including the legendary 2013 and 2014 vintages.

Winemakers Hugh Crichton from Vidal Estate and Tony Bish from Sacred Hill Winery will host the Wellington Wine Master Class. Tim Turvey, the co-owner and winemaker from Clearview Estate Winery and John Hancock, the founder and owner of Trinity Hill, will run the Auckland Master Class.

We are thrilled to have the pedigree of these presenters in our first-ever wine master class. These four hosts are some of New Zealand’s most respected, award-winning and internationally experienced winemakers,” says James Medina, Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association executive officer.

“Together they have more than 100 years combined experience. Couple this knowledge with their charismatic personalities and passion for Hawke’s Bay wine and we are sure these classes will sell out fast.”

The 30-minute sessions will focus on the region’s chardonnays. Wine Master Classes are an additional $10 per person on the $40 ticket price for Hot Red Hawke’s Bay.

Hot Red Hawke’s Bay in Auckland, Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 6pm-9pm (Wine Master Class 6pm-6.30pm). Maritime Room, Maritime Museum, 175 Quay Street.

Hot Red Hawke’s Bay in Wellington, Thursday, June 11, 2015 6pm-9pm (Wine Master Class 6pm-6.30pm). Mac’s Function Centre, Taranaki St Wharf.

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Glancing Back – May 2014

2015-06-28-558fb3065720bGlancing Back – Dan Blaydock, Treasury Wine Estates

Dan presented this Penfolds tasting and it was another great evening.

Part of the tasting was a vertical tasting of some of the Penfolds Bin wines from our own cellar and wine from Penfolds. The committee felt that this was an excellent meeting and there was a great turnout. Murray reports are that Dan enjoyed presenting to the meeting. It was suggested we do a similar tasting in about 4 years.

Naturally a red evening however the Club did provide a Trinity Hill Chardonnay/Viognier 2008 as a quaffer to start.

The quaffer was followed by a Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, then 2000 and 2012 Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz, 2003 and 2012 Bin 138 Barossa GMS, and rounded off with 2002 and 2011 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz.

Dan was very complimentary about the way we have cellared our wines (thanks to Derek of course) with the 2002 Bin 389 having kept exceptionally well, and still developing.

Penfolds Bin release: April 2014

Date: Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Time: 7.45 for 8 pm start

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

Cost: Members: $14, Guests: $18

Presenter: Dan Baldock, TWE Global

Details: 

Treasury Wine Estates are distributors for Penfolds. They are a unique global wine company with a leading international portfolio of new world wines. From the establishment of Australia’s Penfolds in the mid 1840s to the 1876 founding of Beringer Vineyards, a winemaking legacy has been created. Our five foundation brands form the base of our passion for wine and are some of the most recognised and awarded wines in the world: Beringer Vineyards, Lindeman’s, Penfolds, Rosemount Estate and Wolf Blass.

Dan works with Treasury and presented to the Club the last time we had a Penfolds tasting. Your Club has had the forethought to cellar some of the Penfolds Bin Range and this allows us to have a comparative tasting with current wines and some that have been cellared for at least 10 years. The wines included:

  • Quaffer – Trinity Hill Chardonnay/Viognier 2008
  • Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)
  • Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz (2000 and 2012)
  • Bin 138 Barossa GMS (2003 and 2012)
  • Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (2002 and 2011)

May be a different year for the current range but sit back and enjoy, this will be a great evening but we concede it is primarily for those who enjoy good reds. Looking forward to a good turnout.

About Penfolds Bin release

In the wineries 170th year, Penfolds is proud to release the 2014 Bin Series. Featuring 12 expressions, the Bin Series displays the benefits of the multi-regional blending and stylised winemaking philosophy, which Penfolds has upheld since 1844. Released annually, this year’s collection celebrates the anniversary releases for two coveted Bins, together with the debut of an inaugural release – 2012 Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon, which displays ripe, bold flavours and highlights the art of multi-regional blending.

“The continued evolution of our Bin Series wines are a credit to the craftsmanship of the winemaking and viticulture teams,” says Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago.

“The climatic conditions prevailing across the three vintages of this release, 2011/2012/2013 couldn’t be any more different, and yet the Penfolds approach has delivered this offer of traditional Bins that are true to both style and expectation.”

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In the News: May 2013

Some internal Club “News” this month.

Our President and Secretary, (with a nominated driver, ie Mr Secretary) embarked on a journey fraught with danger over the recent holiday weekend. The following is Anne’s account of the trip. I don’t know how they coped.

Easter in Hawke’s Bay, or……..The Intrepid Trios’ Travels

Mission

To experience as many wineries (and other delights), in the Hawke’s Bay area as possible in 4 ½ days over the Easter period.

Participants

The manager – Jenny Jebson
The driver – Richard Jebson
The navigator – Anne Megget

March 28th

The trio set out from Grenada Village in the morning, following State highway 1 over the Rimutaka Hill. A slight detour to Parkvale mushrooms and then the first stop – Gladstone, where a sticky was purchased to be consumed with Hot cross buns.

Arrived safely in Napier, found the information center, supermarket and accommodation and settled in; had a lovely meal at an Italian restaurant, and an early night.

March 29th

Good Friday – Slight hitch – most of the Christian world was shut for today. We have a good cooked breakfast, just in case we can’t find anywhere open, and go for a drive anyway, to find Unison Winery open for lunch but not tastings. Discovered they have a very nice sparkling rose, and a most substantial platter. Drove to the top of Te Mata Peak, saw from there that Craggy Range was open so dropped in.

March 30th

Slight deviation from wine-ing to visit a Book Fair, as Richard has managed to leave all his reading material at home and has already finished one of Anne’s chick lit books. Went to Crab Farm, Esk Valley, Eskdale, had tastings and a lovely lunch at Linden Estate, Visited Mission Estate for a look around, Church Road. Wonderful dinner at Mission Estate.

March 31st

Easter Day – Hastings Farmers Market, fruit, olive oil, sausages, all very good; Vidals, The Beach House, tiny place, very rustic, very nice riesling, and late harvest riesling, Te Awanga, Elephant Hill, lovely statue, restaurant very up market, but not much appealed in the wine department . Lunch at Clearview table in the vineyard, exceptional afternoon, good, good food, good wine, a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon among the vines.

April 1st

April Fools Day – not that any of us remembered ! Off to the Gimlet Gravels – went to Unison vineyard for a tasting this time, Te Awa Farm, Sileni – wonderful merlot infused chocolate, Abbey Cellars, Alpha Domus, Trinity Hill was closed – for the whole of Easter, lunch at Ash Ridge, wine and olive oil tasting at Salvare Estate, and way out on the Taihape Road, De La Terre

April 2nd

Up bright and early (ok it was about 8.30am), and engaged in a combined house cleaning and car packing exercise; then off to Havelock North. Called into Advintage and said hello to ‘Mac’ and then went Te Mata and Black Barn and then headed home.