L and I and the kids had a fabulous weekend up the mountain. Glorious weather, great snow conditions, a race to compete in, then a night-time torchlit ski procession to honour the memory of a ski-field pioneer. Couldn’t ask for anything more!
From the Cellar: Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore 2011
I drank this up at the ski-club. Hard to trust my palate at altitude, but here goes…
Deep magenta red. 13% alc.
Floral, dusty and savoury red fruits. I saw dried berries, licorice and brown paper. Nice complexity and interest.
To drink, the wine was full bodied and round. There were generous flavours of plums and currants. Grainy tannins. A licorice finish with spice.
The next day we lit the slopes. I claimed the position of Lantern Rouge for the skiclub in the Haensli Cup, but the scenery made it all better!
The view from The Knoll T-Bar top station at Whakapapa, looking over the Valley at the Pinnacles.