The daffodils are in full flower, lambs are frolicking and the vines at Cross Hares are already forming new buds of spring.
For vintners Natalie and Warrick Edwards, it’s been a busy year at the vineyard, but the rewards have been worth all the hard work and anxiety, as by early October they hope to have their cellar door open – “Finally!” Natalie laughs – and the bottling completed of their latest pinot noir, Fork in the Road.
Natalie says the wording on the label of this latest batch pretty much describes the journey from harvest to production to bottling. “It really was a pinot made with love, dedication and the occasional tear… but we got there.”
Another triumph for this gritty, Kiwis-can-do-anything couple is that three of their wines achieved top star ratings from Sam Kim of Wine Orbit this year. All wines are tasted blind by Sam, and the notes on each are solely written by him. Cross Hares’ Ahuriri Run Pinot Gris 2017 and Greenman Pinot Noir 2017 both scored five stars, while their Ahuriri Run Pinot Gris 2018 scored 4.5 stars.
Natalie says they are looking forward to showcasing their wines at the Akaroa FrenchFest from 11 to 13 October 2019 and the Banks Peninsula Festival at Orton Bradley Park, 22 February 2020.
“It’s a celebration – of creating our own label, becoming a local identity and doing what we love!”
Find Cross Hares at 7/1269 Christchurch Akaroa Road, Tai Tapu, phone 027 724 3015, email email@example.com or visit www.crosshares.nz.
Clark Estate needs no introduction for budding wine connoisseurs.
The family owned 36-acre vineyard in the Upper Awatere Valley in Marlborough is home to some of the most delectable vintages in the South Island. One could describe the wines of Clark Estate in three words – powerful, vibrant and authentic.
Powerful in terms of flavour, vibrant in terms of brand and wines, and Clark Estate being an authentic New Zealand owned family business.
Those in Blenheim can sample the wines of Clark Estate through the Cellar Door. Located in the front courtyard of Dodson Street Restaurant and Beer Garden, keen devourers of the finest vintage can partake in Clark Estate Wine tastings from 4:30pm-7:30pm Tuesday to Friday, from October until March.
For more information on Clark Estate and its wines, visit www.clarkestate.com or www.facebook.com/clarkestatewine.
Amongst the many quatrains found in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, these words, written in the 11th century, have achieved immortality: “A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and thou beside me, singing in the wilderness…”
Omar certainly had the perfect recipe for a contented life sussed – food, wine and your significant other. How fortunate for us, then, that we’ve vineyards like the stunning Ataahua Wines, at 83 Church Road, Waipara, producing wines so quaffable that not only Omar, but Bacchus himself would surely applaud with a standing ovation. Ataahua grows grapes for their merlot, pinot noir (from which they also craft their rosé), and gewurtztraminer (from which they also craft a dessert wine) varietals, while their chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc grapes are sourced from local vineyards within the Waipara valley.
Launched in 2008 by Andrew Grant and Stephanie Henderson-Grant, Ataahua (meaning beautiful, picturesque – a place of beauty) creates boutique, artisan style wines, which, as Stephanie proudly explains, are “Hand-crafted from point of fruit growth and maintenance of vines right through to point of ready for bottling (only the bottling is done offsite), using NZ made bottles. They’re fashioned with love and very tender care!”
The current wine vintages available are 2016 and 2017 Riesling, 2016 Gewurztraminer, 2017 Rosé, 2018 Rosé, 2016 Chardonnay, 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Pinot Noir, 2015 Merlot, 2014 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer.
For more information, phone 03 314 6961, or visit www.ataahuawine.co.nz.