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On the grapevine


Raise a glass! It’s time to toast the most popular wine trends of 2019. Is more rosé on the way or is riesling the next big thing? We’ve got a sneak peek – after all, we heard it on the grapevine!

 

 

  1. Pink power
    Drumroll please… rosé is here to stay! Not only reserved for summer, the pink drink has quickly become a firm favourite among Kiwis over recent years, with a ton of options just a supermarket shop away. Local brands from Northland down to Central Otago will continue to put their own delish twist on this punchy wine – cocktail creations are on the horizon! Bonus: its rose-tinted hues make for super Instagrammable pics!


  2. Conscious consumers
    Wine is another product that’s quickly joining the sustainability train due to skyrocketing demand for organic, biodynamic and vegan-friendly bubbles – shock alert: most wines are not vegan, and this might be news to those who’ve adopted the vegan lifestyle. In 2019 we can expect to see dozens more environmentally friendly options on the shelves of the organic, biodynamic and/or vegan variety. Head to www.vegetarians.co.nz for a comprehensive vegan wine list.


  3. Prosecco passion
    Prosecco? I’ll take two please! Good news: these once-haughty bubbles are no longer just reserved for the Christmas banquet. A golden, sophisticated Italian beauty, prosecco is generally a lot easier on both the pocket and the palate than its better-known sibling champagne. These sparkling suds will continue to grow in popularity this year in New Zealand following its fashionable ubiquity overseas in 2018.

 

A Vintage Wedding: Cross Hares


 

The guests raise their glasses in reply to the toast just given by the best man, “To the bride and groom!” They sip their wine, they become silent, they sip again, they smile. The bride watches her guests chatting across the tables, hears their laughter. She murmurs to the groom, “Look, the Cross Hares Effect”.

The groom sees his mother quaffing her ‘Greenman’ pinot noir and flirting with the bride’s father. He nudges the bride. “Your Dad’s just finished his ‘Ahuriri Run’ pinot gris and now he’s signalling the waiter for the following year’s vintage.” His bride giggles, “Wait till he tries the ‘Ahuriri Run’ 2018!” They look at the happy faces around them.

“Clever you,” says the groom, raising his glass to his bride. “To Cross Hares wines,” she replies, raising her glass, “The best decision I ever made… apart from saying yes to you, darling!”

For more information email sales@crosshares.nz or visit www.crosshares.nz.

Cross Hares Winery

Year of the Hare: Cross Hares Winery


They may describe themselves as ‘accidental winegrowers’, but Natalie and Warrick Edwards, of Cross Hares Winery, have certainly proved that where there’s a will, there’s a way.

 

Cross Hares Winery

 

After the September 2010 earthquake saw the Edwards’ family having to farewell their irreparable home forever, Natalie and Warrick had to seriously rethink their lives. “So, we bought a rundown vineyard, as you do,” Natalie laughs. “We knew nothing about growing grapes, but we’re not afraid of hard work, so we rolled up our sleeves and got busy.”

Fast forward to 2014 and our stalwart couple found themselves doing the hard slog of tightening wires, mending broken poles, lifting irrigation lines and repairing irrigation leaks – all 100 of them! Next step was to get expert advice. Lincoln University lecturer and vineyard owner Glen Creasy was the man who helped regenerate and restore the neglected vines to their former glory; so much so that Natalie and Warrick felt confident to approach The Crater Rim Winery and re-establish a former connection whereby they would sell their fruit to them.

 

Cross Hares Winery

Their vintage 2016 saw a bumper yield of 6.9 tonnes of Pinot Noir and 7.1 tonnes of Pinot Gris harvested for The Crater Rim while later, another 3.5 tonnes of Pinot Gris were picked for themselves. ‘Ahuriri Run’ (named in tribute to the vineyard being formerly part of the Rhodes’ brothers Ahuriri Run) produced 2,800 bottles.

Torrential rain in February 2017 drastically cut their expected fruit yield, but taking it on the chin, as all good farmers must, they harvested the 4.0 tonnes in total that remained and produced their 2017 ‘Ahuriri Run’ Pinot Gris and 2017 ‘Greenman’ Pinot Noir.

 

Cross Hares Winery

In September, the vintage 2018 Pinot Noir will be bottled. Natalie says they can’t wait, but in the meantime, the very important decision of what to call it has to be made. Cross Hares may well be Banks Peninsula’s best kept secret, but with an increasing remote online sales presence, plus the projected launch of an onsite cellar door at year’s end, expect the name, just like those hares, to be crossing your path very soon.

 


Located at 7/1269 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Tai Tapu. For more information phone 027 724 3015 or email
sales@crosshares.co.nz.


 

The Monday Room

A partnership of perfection: The Monday Room


Creating the perfect marriage between cuisine and wine is a unique art and one which local institution The Monday Room has up its culinary sleeve.

 

The Monday Room

 

With Head Chef Eeva Torvinen turning her talented hand to creating a menu that utilises the techniques and flavours of her Finnish background to bring flavour to the table, the central city hotspot is a dining destination not to be missed.  “I want to create dishes that make people talk while they dine,” Eeva says.

Metropol catches up with Eeva about popular dish Three Little Pigs, while renowned Wine Consultant at Wine Sentience, Stephen Wong finds its perfect partnership in a local Waipara tipple that offers an exquisite complement.

 

Meal: Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pigs is a dish that has three different parts of pork, cooked in different ways, Eeva explains.
“Slow-cooked pork cheek, also known as pork jowl, is fatty and rich. It is wrapped in savoy cabbage leaves, which are blanched and glazed with syrup to add sweetness,” she says.
“Pork fillet is cured and then sous vide for four hours, producing a tender, lean fillet which is then pan fried for colour and flavour. Meanwhile, belly bacon is cooked slowly until it is crispy, bringing saltiness and texture to the dish.”
The pork combination is then combined with smooth and buttery parsnip puree and finished with a Nordic inspired tart, while sea buckthorn dressing gives a sweet and sour flavour profile.

 

The Monday Room

 

Wine match: Black Estate Damsteep Riesling 2017
According to Wine Consultant at Wine Sentience, Stephen Wong, Riesling which is often overlooked, yet infinitely versatile, could have been purpose built for Three Little Pigs; a dish which delivers rich, fatty sweetness sandwiched between savoury, saline austerity and fresh crunchy astringency.

“It resonates with the kaleidoscope of Riesling’s varied expression in much the same way that a classic chypre perfume is composed of a trinity of interlinked but contrasting vertices.” Thankfully, Canterbury is home to some of New Zealand’s most celebrated expressions of Riesling – with the complex patchwork of soils; from gravel to clay to limestone allowing this noble grape to display its riches fully.

“Black Estate’s minimal-interventionist Damsteep Riesling 2017 hails from an organic vineyard at the foot of the Omihi saddle, planted during the previous millenium.  “Perceptibly dry and racy yet powerfully built and arrestingly perfumed, it is as refreshing as it is profound; weaving a narrative of cloudy skies over bleak rolling hills, yet tinged with a honeyed stonefruit sweetness of nostalgia and finishing on a note of stoic pithiness and chalky resilience.”

 



 

Rossendale Vineyard

Only the best! Rossendale Vineyard


Only the best is good enough for the team at specialist wedding and event venue, Rossendale Vineyard. They are constantly looking for ways to improve their already consummate service to clients.

 

Rossendale Vineyard

 

“We have made a small change to our name to make it trip off the tongue more easily,” says manager Graham Jones. “We’re now Rossendale Vineyard rather than The Vineyard@Rossendale. Many people used to refer to us as that anyway.”  Now too there is a stunning video of the venue and its surrounding environment online at www.rossendalevineyard.co.nz.

Much of the footage was shot from a drone and the aerial views only serve to reinforce just how picturesque the rural vineyard setting is. It would be very difficult not to fall in love with the place immediately and say “That’s where I want to have my wedding. Nowhere else will do.”

There are also shots of the interior of the elegant specially-designed venue itself, superbly dressed for a sumptuous wedding feast. “The video complements the 360-degree tour of the venue that we have had online for some time. We have found that to be extremely useful, especially for potential clients from overseas so they can see what we have to offer.”

The team from Rossendale Vineyard will be at the Great New Zealand Bridal Show at the Addington Events Centre on Sunday 31 March between 9am and 3:30pm. Graham will show you how Rossendale Vineyard can turn your wedding ideas into reality. Otherwise you can contact him on 03 322 7780 or email gra@rossendale.co.nz.

 



 

Pegasus Bay Vine Run

Supporting a good cause: Pegasus Bay Vine Run + Win with Metropol


If you fancy a run/walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay followed by live music and a glass of wine all while supporting a worthy cause then you won’t want to miss out on the Pegasus Bay Vine Run.

 

Pegasus Bay Vine Run

 

After a successful inaugural event (earlier this year) the second Pegasus Bay Vine Run will be held on Sunday, 27 January 2019.
Created to raise funds for the New Zealand Brain Research Institute and organised by the Donaldson family of Pegasus Bay Winery, registration for the event is now open. “My father, who is the driving force behind it all, practised as a neurologist in Christchurch for 30 years, while also setting up the winery,” Mike Donaldson says.

 

Choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option.

 

“As a founding member of the institute, he decided on a fun family event to raise funds for the cause, where people can choose to run or walk a 6km or 10km option, bring a picnic and enjoy a day out.”

Tickets are $75 each and include a bottle of trophy wine to take away. Register for the event on www.vinerun.co.nz or email Mike at info@vinerun.co.nz.

 


Win With Metropol

Metropol has two double passes to the Pegasus Bay Vine Rut to giveaway to some lucky readers. Enter at www.metropol.co.nz/win. Winners will be drawn Monday 3 December.


 

Explore Waipara

Toast to tours: Explore Waipara


Kaye Souter’s passion for wine is infectious and extends beyond just drinking it.

 

Explore Waipara

 

As the owner of Explore Waipara Wine Tours, Kaye prides herself on offering unique winery tours individually catered to her clients.
“The point of difference with our business is we aim to make our wine tours as fun and as memorable as possible by adding those little extra details that make a big difference,” she says. Explore Waipara’s full day wine tours depart Christchurch and travel through the beautiful wine region of Waipara.

Clients enjoy incredible scenery and plenty of photo opportunities, delectable wine tasting at a minimum of four wineries along with a luscious lunch, topped off with entertaining stories about the wine producing region. Water and snacks and your own tasting booklet are also provided and all tour guides hold current first aid certificates.

Tours range from the lead-in Explore Waipara Tour to the Ultimate Waipara Experience which includes a helicopter ride, truffle demonstration, private winemaker’s tour, award winning restaurants and of course, delectable wines. Learn about the history of wine in New Zealand and travel through the beautiful rugged landscape of Canterbury to explore the best wines of the region.

Raised in Christchurch, Kaye’s background is in hospitality, liquor retail and she has recently spent four years in Central Otago working at a prominent winery. She has a passion for wine and spirits and she never stops learning.  “We don’t just drink wine, we live wine.”

 


Visit www.explorewaipara.co.nz and enter the code Metropol for $40 off tours in November.


 

CharRees Vineyard

A tipple at twilight: CharRees Vineyard


CharRees Vineyard is thrilled to announce it is again hosting the Twilight in The Vines evening. This magic occasion is in its fourth year, its success reflected in the growing numbers attending each year.

CharRees Vineyard

 

To be held this year on Saturday 24 November, this gorgeous event is the perfect way to unwind from the pre-Christmas rush. Entry is free, so gather together a group of your besties and head along to the vineyard at 22 Laings Road, Tinwald, Ashburton for live music, wine tasting, and gourmet delights in this stunning setting.

As the sun goes down you’ll enjoy music by local band Wayne Pannett and Co. It’s a certainty that al fresco dining doesn’t come any better, as you picnic between the vines or enjoy a delightful selection of food from elite food company TwentyFour Caterers, and new and awesome creators of street food, Yes Chef Events & Catering.

CharRees Vineyard will have take-home wine sales, wine by the glass, and of course its in-demand sample boards which offer a selection of wine tastings plus cheese and crackers, and surprise giveaways. There will also be a limited amount of craft beers available for consumption at the event.

The paddocks are available for free parking, where even the occasional campervan has been seen. Ever the responsible host, CharRees will offer a courtesy coach returning you home within the boundaries of Ashburton town and even making a run to Allenton.

 


For more information phone CharRees on
0800 CharRees (0800 2427 7337).


 

Straight 8 Estate

An exceptional estate: Straight 8 Estate


When you mention Straight 8 Estate to someone, they usually respond with, “I have really been meaning to go there”.

 

Straight 8 Estate

 

Situated at 2321 Main South Road Burnham, Straight 8 Estate, named after their rare Railton Light Sports vintage car, owners James Shand and Mary Jamieson create some “seriously drinkable wine”. With spring well and truly upon us, Straight 8 Estate’s new selection of dry, off-dry and medium rieslings is worth a try, and the new rustic gift trays made by Silverstead make for a great gift.

So, feel free to pop in, have a chat, have a drink and get to know more about why Straight 8 Estate is such a great place to visit, wine connoisseur or not.

 



 

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The Grape Debate: There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry


There’s a battle brewing within the Central Otago wine industry, but it’s for a good cause. And there shouldn’t be any ‘sour grapes’ at the end of it.

 

The Grape Debate image

 

Following the success of similar events in Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough, the Colliers International Grape Debate comes to Southern Lakes this month. Renowned for their lighthearted – yet competitive – atmosphere, the debates have raised $100,000 for various charities while tickling the funny bone of everyone in the room. The southern version pits Central Otago winemakers against viticulturalists to contest the moot ‘It’s the vineyard guys that deserve the credit, not the winemakers’.

Organiser Bex Tacon is confident this Grape Debate will be as heated as ever, with an impressive lineup of industry experts accepting the challenge. Winemakers Dan Dineen (Maude Wines), Duncan Forsyth (Mount Edward) and Paul Pujol (Prophet’s Rock) go head to head with viticulturists Gary Crabbe (Precision Viticulture), Mike Winters (Tekano Estate) and Edwin Haycock (Amisfield).

TV comedian Jeremy Corbett, of 7 Days and The Project, will adjudicate and Queenstown real estate agent Brendan Quill will lead a charity auction. Bex guarantees the audience will be in stitches. “Jeremy is so clever,” she says. “Afterwards people comment that they haven’t laughed so much in their lives.” Alexandra-based organisation Sticks ’n’ Stones, which works to combat youth bullying and depression, will benefit from the proceeds of the evening. Bex says she wanted the money to go back into the local community to help young people.

 


Colliers International Grape Debate is on Friday 21 September at The Winehouse, Gibbston.

Tickets available through Eventfinda or email
rebecca@eventshb.co.nz.