New Zealand Wine Fair 2012

Held am Mai 1st 2012, Vancouver BC

This year’s New Zealand Wine Fair took place in the Rotunda at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. The room was airy and bright and didn’t feel crowded even though the event was well attended. Twenty-six wineries participated in this year’s event, und es gab auch eine Seitenleiste Verkostung seltener angetroffen Trauben aus Neuseeland und einige spezifische Regionen, die Weine von Weingütern sonst nicht vertreten bei der Verkostung vorgestellten.

The signature grapes for New Zealand are of course Sauvignon Blanc for the whites and Pinot Noir for the reds. These are by no means the only grapes grown in New Zealand. The rising stars for whites include, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer. Amongst the reds the trend is towards Cabernet Merlot blends and the new star, Syrah.

Die Qualität der Weine werden verkostet war im Allgemeinen sehr hoch.

Die standouts waren:

Cloudy Bay

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough
  • Chardonnay 2009, Marlborough

Kumeu River Wines

  • Estate Chardonnay 2007, Kumeu
  • Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2007, Kumeu
  • Mate Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, Kumeu

Ma Maison

  • Pinot Noir 2011, Wellington

Matua Valley Wines

  • Pareto Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

Brancott

  • Serie 'B' Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough

Rock Ferry

  • Bendigo Pinot Gris 2009, Central Otago
  • Bendigo Pinot Noir 2009, Central Otago

Heiligen Hügel

  • Riflemans Chardonnay 2010, Hawke `s Bay

Staete Landt Vineyard

  • Annabel Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Rapaura Marlborough

Te Mara Immobilien

  • Sie Mara Pinot Gris 2011, Mt.. Pisa Central Otago

Villa Maria

  • Privat Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough
  • Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough (mein persönlicher Favorit der Veranstaltung)
  • Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough

Waimea Estates

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Nelson

Sternhöhenmesser

  • Gewürztraminer 2009, Marlborough

Coopers Creek

  • Gewürztraminer 2010, Gisborne
  • Reserve Syrah 2010, Hawke `s Bay

Balancieren

  • La Collina Vineyard Syrah 2008, Hawke `s Bay

Mission Estate

  • Jewelstone Syrah 2009, Gimblett Gravels Hawke `s Bay

Nicht nur waren die Weine bemerkenswert, but the selection of foods presented at the event were also worth mentioning. There were several food stations located on the perimeter of the room, and the staff was kept busy trying to keep the stations supplied. The choices were all designed to complement the various wines at the tasting and featured New Zealand meats, Spiel, and seafood as well as other New Zealand products. My personal favourites were the ‘Red Wine Braised New Zealand Venison on Mini Potato Latkes’, die 'New Zealand König Lachstatar mit Avocado und Taro Chips', und der "New Zealand Lamb Frühling Popsicles (Rack mit Lammkoteletts) mit einem Granatapfel-Melasse Glaze ".

If you missed this year’s event make sure you add next year’s event to your schedule. Information can be found at www.nzwine.com


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