When you see handsome hairy Highland cattle in the corner of
a vineyard, they are likely to be part of a biodynamic
system, providing manure for the compost, and later, other
parts, such as horns, for the various preparations.
Merlot and blends from Hawkes Bay can be raw and assertive
when young. They need time to mellow and integrate in the
bottle but if you are impatient, glugging them from the
bottle into a jug and back again will help aerate and soften
them a bit.
The new 2014 sauvignon blancs are coming on to the market and
those in this tasting are delicious, ripe and mouth-filling
with a lively fresh finish. Let's hope it's indicative of the
vintage in general.
Central Otago winegrowers held their new release pinot noir
tasting recently with six wine writers gathering in Cromwell
to taste more than 80 pinot noirs that have just been, or
will soon be, released.