Winetopia last Friday was packed with wine enthusiasts, all in good spirits. The week leading up to the event was dreadful, with snow and heavy rain and high winds lashing the capital for days. A number of wineries were unable to get to the event as ferry, road and air links were interrupted by the southerly storm and disruption. But it turned out great on the night!
L and I managed to get around and talk with and sample a number of exhibitors. A fav, Kumeu River, was first up with a taste of their delicious and Burgundian Estate Chardonnay. We then heading for Astrolabe, a reference Marlborough producer of Sauvignon Blancs and tasted through a number of their single vineyard wines, including the stunning Taihoa Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015, and talked to their super-passionate staff about the wines. I also enjoyed their Albarino and Chenin Blanc wines they were pouring. We couldn’t go past Elephant Hill without having a another taste of their Reserve Syrah – a top class NZ example. We traversed Palliser Estate and Greystone wines for their Pinot Noirs, lovely, and finished at a local favourite, Ohau for their Pinot Noir and Rose.
While we were waiting for Bob Campbell MW to lead an open tasting comparison masterclass on Hawkes Bay Syrah (Alpha Domus) vs Rhone (Guigal CdR) L bought me a tasting of Staete Landt Syrah which was really expensive, and tasted great, but I had to down the glass in a hurry to get it filled by an inferior example for the tasting. That was a mistake!
Never mind. We enjoyed some lovely dumplings from Wellington House of Dumplings too.
What a great event. Winetopia and Sputnik kindly provided complimentary tickets for L and I to attend. Thanks!