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Chinese Wine Options

Last week I was in Beijing and hosted a very amusing New Zealand wine options nights with a group of Kiwis and Chinese Nationals.

The winning team was “Team Odyssey” which amusingly enough was the only team with no Kiwi team members, all in the name!

Odyssey Magnum Tasting – Marlborough Pinot Noir 2003

Today I tasted the Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2003 in Magnum and for those of you who have this wine I wrote the following tasting note.

Lovely strawberry fruit notes on the nose with a hint of  leather and very subtle blue cheese.The palate has sweet ripe tones with acid in balance and firm yet refined tannins. The wine has evolved beautifully from the robust wine it was in its youth. The cherry/plum has evolved into strawberry and the tannins whilst still present are  elegant and have greatly softened.

If you have an occasion’ to drink to’ this year, this would be a great time to pop the cork…9 years old.

 

 

WELL ON THE WAY TO ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

Vintage 2012  is all over now …. The various Pinot  Noir clones look great as do the Sauvignon Blanc  and Pinot Gris also from our Marlborough Vineyard,the whites are just down in yield, but over all the quality will be good.  Pictured here is the hard working Duncan with the certificate number and sign for our organic certification, one more year and we will be fully certified Organic !

THE FIRST DAY OF HARVEST 2012

Saturday 7th of April 2012 saw pickers coming from far and wide to harvest the first grapes at Odyssey  Marlborough. Pinot Noir grapes were harvested to make the Rose wine. Marlborough is experiencing ideal conditions in the lead up to harvest and whilst being several weeks behind the norm we can let the grapes hang and develope lots of flavours!… a very promising vintage.

FOR ALL YOU VALENTINOS OUT THERE…

  Clearly the wine of choice for Odysseus and the love of his life Penelope, you too can enjoy the

Homer Sparking Rose!

Nosh have a Special deal on  the Homer Sparkling Rose this week …  Happy Valentining!

ITS ALL NATURAL!

Thanks for all the nice comments re the Viva comment in todays Herald about The Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2010 , great to appreciate individual wines for what they are…expressions of their own terroir. The Iliad is available in lots of good Auckland stores try Liquorland Newmarket, La Barrique, Bacchus Upland, Point Wines, Artisan Wines, A to Z, Kohi Corner , Caros, Wine Vault, Fine Wine Delivery Company, Glengarry Ellerslie, Ponsonby and Westmere., or contact us if you having problems locating. Cheers and enjoy those wild yeasts!

HEN AND CHICKENS – GISBORNE

One of the best jobs back from the holidays is check  the vineyards to see how everything is developing. This week in Gisborne the sun was shining and it  looks like a great year for Hen and Chickens in our Chardonnay grapes. The flavour comes from the skin so with all the little chickens we will get more intensely flavoured berries. Fingers crossed the good summer in Gisborne continues!!