If world politics are getting you down, here’s something light and tasty to look forward to this summer in the small town of Martinborough, an hour and a quarter’s drive from Wellington city – Palliser Estate has all day casual platters by local chef Jo Crabb.
Pip Goodwin, the new Palliser chief honcho at Palliser Estate says the winery’s outdoors have been re-designed by landscape architect Hamish Moorehead. Visitors to the winery can now enjoy sitting outdoors enjoying not only the wines but Crabb’s French-inspired platters to go with them. Each plate is matched with a wine and a dessert.
Palliser Estate is open for tastings 7 days a week from 10.30am to 4pm at 96 Kitchener Street, Martinborough, phone 06 306 9019.
Pinot Noir NZ 2017 is to be held on Wellington’s waterfront from 31 January to 2 February and is open to all wine drinkers, thinkers and lovers of Pinot Noir: http://www.pinotnz.co.nz
Here’s my daily dose (well, almost daily) of Kiwi Pinot…
2013 Lauregan Single Vineyard Pinot Noir $40, 14.5% ABV
Central Hawke’s Bay winemaker Mike Old always tended to be more of a Bordeaux drinker than a Pinot Noir one, but when he was battling with Sangiovese (a slow ripening Italian grape that is the main ingredient in Chianti) on his cool, inland Hawke’s Bay vineyard, he had to think outside the Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot box.
Enter Pinot Noir.
He made his first in 2013 and branded it Lauregan, forging a new direction for his vineyard and for Kiwi Pinot. This one is deep ruby with massive dark fruit flavours – think black plums and black cherries, and you get the picture.
Mike is a Cantabrian, born and bred, but he left the South Island when he was 21 – “I’ve been back a few times but it’s too cold for me now,” he says, admitting that Central Hawke’s Bay is hardly the hottest place in the country, but, having lived in Italy for several years, Hawke’s Bay is the only place he reckons he can live in New Zealand.
Find out more about Lauregan Wines (as yours truly intends to with a planned visit in the not too distant future) at: www.laureganwines.co.nz
Spring has sprung, the rain has cleared, the wine is ready to be poured at our World of Riesling tasting at Regional Wines & Spirits in Ellice Street (by the Basin Reserve), Wellington.
Here’s what’s in store or in our upstairs tasting room, to be precise:
Thursday 13 October, 6pm to 8pm: The World of Riesling
Thursday 17 November, 6pm to 8pm: Cellar busters: How to start a wine cellar for under $100
A tasting with cellar starter packs on sale afterwards
More details to follow on each of these accessible tastings.