From the Editor – Dec 2014

We are fast reaching the end of another year and perhaps it is a time to reflect on what the year has offered.

Following on from the regular BBQ in January we had Wright’s Vineyard and Winery in February, a great start to the tasting year.

March saw Alpha Domus, a well-established Hawkes Bay producer.

April saw Dan Baldock presenting some Penfolds wines, an iconic Australian producer.

We tried something new in May by combining the AGM with a tasting from Wooing Tee in Central Otago, while June saw another Hawkes Bay producer in Moana Park.

July was the mid-year dinner at Cuba Street Bistro, and August was Italian time with Cangrande.

Back to Hawkes Bay in September with Rod McDonald Wines followed in October by Villa Maria.

We followed this with yet another Advintage Festive wines evening leading to the December dinner.

Your committee are pleased with the programme and hope everyone found something to enjoy.

And so to 2015. The programme is coming together very nicely and we hope it will be as successful as this year has been.

We wish everyone all the best for the festive season.

Robin Semmens, Editor

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AGM & Wooing Tree – May 2014

AGM & Wooing Tree – 2 events one night






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Date: Wednesday 14 May, 2014

Time: 7.15 for 7.30 pm start – Check the new start time

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

Cost: Members: $12, Guests: $16

Presenter: Steve Farquharson


THE Wooing Tree – The Wooing Tree is a local landmark that sits prominently in the middle of the family vineyard. It has long been a place for locals to woo their lovers, and if it could talk, would have many a story to tell! These days it is not quite the private spot it once was…but we still have plenty of visitors proposing marriage and even getting married under our beautiful iconic tree, amidst the vines. Central Otago enjoys a perfect climate for producing beguiling Pinot Noir. Our single vineyard site is located in the very heart of the region, in the town of Cromwell, opposite the ‘Big Fruit Sculpture’. Come and visit! You’ll discover why we specialise in making Pinot with Passion…

Members may remember that we tried the 2011 Wooing Tree Beetle Juice in April 2013. As a result of that contact, Wooing Tree have kindly offered to present to the club. Steve is an owner at Wooing Tree and has joined us from the UK to become part of the NZ wine industry.

It will be interesting to hear his views. The wines will include:

  • Quaffer – Wooing Tree Blondie, 2013
  • Wooing Tree Rose 2013
  • Wooing Tree Chardonnay 2012
  • Wooing Tree Beetle Juice 2013
  • Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2010
  • Wooing Sandstorm Reserve 2009
  • Wooing Tree Tickled Pink 2012

Looking forward to yet another great presentation from Central Otago.


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Looking forward: April 2014

In May 2014 – AGM and The Wooing Tree

The AGM will commence at 7.30pm and will hopefully take about 25 minutes to complete.

After a short break, we will get into the tasting, presented by Michelle Morpeth from the Wooing Tree.wooingtree

This a change in format but we are sure members will enjoy the evening. More detail about both events later this month.

Wooing Tree produce some exceptional Pinot Noir, we tried the Beetle Juice last year, along with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Rose styles.

From the Editor: Feb 2014

2014 – And before you know where you are, it’s February. Your committee would like to wish all members, and others with an association to the Cellar Club, all the best in health and happiness for 2014.

If you thought 2013 was a great year then we are sure you are going to enjoy 2014. We have worked hard to get a cross section of tastings and events to please our members. We are starting the year with Wrights from Gisborne, with the promise of an intriguing evening from a recognised organic producer, who is also dabbling with low and no alcohol wines. Makes for an interesting conversation topic, is it a wine or just a fruit juice. Come along and discuss.

Other offerings for the year are planned to include Alpha Domus (Hawkes Bay), Penfolds Bin Releases (Barossa), Wooing Tree (Central Otago), Moana Park (Hawkes Bay), Milton Estate (Gisborne), Rod McDonald Wines (HB again), and hopefully one from Martinborough later in the year. Working on the usual Festives Wines and two dinners as well.

So a full and interesting year in prospect and we trust you will fully enjoy the tastings and activities arranged.

Robin Semmens, Editor

From the Editor: Oct 2013

November December and May 2014 Meetings

You will note from the email that accompanies this newsletter that I am seeking a response from members on three upcoming events.

As always we would appreciate some indication from members if they intend to come (and to bring guests) to the Festive Wines presentation in November. This is always a well-supported event and your committee does some catering for the event. To assist us in this it is useful to have an idea of likely numbers.

It also assists planning for dinners if we have an idea of numbers attending the December dinner. An indication of likely attendance would be helpful.

Finally you will be aware that May is our AGM month with the usual format being to hold the meeting then have a supper accompanied by a selection of wines from the Club Cellar. We are negotiating a presentation with Wooing Tree from Central Otago, and their preference is for a May date as they will already be in Wellington around that time. Would members have any objection if we changed the format a little, holding the AGM a little earlier, say 7.30 pm then went on to the Wooing Tree presentation?


Some of the parking around the Johnsonville Pool is currently closed because of building and extension work being carried out on the Pool complex. Members may have to be prepared to look a little further for a parking spot this month. The situation is likely to be fluid for some time.


Robin Semmens, Editor

Glancing Back: May 2013

What a night, some lovely wines, great variety, and the committee members did themselves proud with their research and presentations.

After a quaffer, a Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2012, that was on the Gold Medal List and exceptional value at $10.00, the evening progressed with:

  • Desert Heart Magic Moments Rosé 2012
  • Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012
  • Brancott Estate Special Reserve Pinot Gris 2012
  • The Kings Bastard Chardonnay 2011
  • Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Pinot Noir 2011

  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010

  • Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2011

Lovely wines and interesting deliveries. We may try the format again sometime.

Next event April: Easter Show Tasting

2015-06-17-5580e256ba674Wednesday 10 April 2013, 7.45 for 8pm start.
Johnsonville Community Centre Hall,
3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville
Members: $16, Guests: $20
Item 1 – Special Annual General Meeting
Item 2 – Gold Medal Wines from the Easter Show presented by your committee.

Your committee has looked at the Gold medal wines from the Easter and is organizing the following list for the tasting. There may be late changes due to availability, please bear with us.
The quaffer will be a Trinity Hill Chardonnay Viognier from the Club’s Cellar followed by:

  • Desert Heart Magic Moments Rosé 2012 (Anne)
  • Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012 (Cecilia)
  • Brancott Estate Special Reserve Pinot Gris 2012 (Murray)
  • The Kings Bastard Chardonnay 2011 (Wayne)
  • Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Pinot Noir 2011 (Robin)
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010 (Jenny)
  • Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2011 (Steve)

We expect that most of the wines will be available through James Cupit, The Cellar Room, Johnsonville.

Clearly we will not be able to offer special deals on the night but remember to present your membership card and receive 0-20% on items not already reduced.