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They poured me the gorgeously textural and intensely flavoured 2019 sauvignon blanc, the racy, refined 2019 chardonnay and the fragrant, elegant 2017 pinot noir.
Their big news was that since the 2013 vintage they have been building stocks of their Section 94 sauvignon blanc, which they have re-released - initially in the New Zealand and Australian markets.
The plan is to roll this out across their world markets over the next couple of years, so that this wine will always have seven years’ age.
It’s an astute move, this wine being tremendously ageworthy, so now we get to buy it as it approaches peak drinkability.
Corteva Young Viticulturist competition
The Central Otago leg of the Corteva Young Viticulturist Competition was held in July with eight young viticulturists battling it out in chilly conditions at the Otago Polytechnic campus in Bannockburn.
Congratulations to Annabel Angland, of Peregrine Wines, who becomes the Corteva Central Otago Young Viticulturist for 2020, going on to represent Otago in the national finals in Martinborough in October.
Congratulations also to Liam Burgess, of Viticultura, who was second, and Jordan Moores, of Felton Road Wines, who was third.
New Central Otago cellar doors for 2020
This is somewhat old news given the impacts of Covid-19, but two new cellar doors opened earlier in the year.
Te Kano Estate opened its new facility in Bannockburn earlier this year and has just taken top honours in the Southern Architecture Awards, sharing the hospitality prize with Arrowtown restaurant Aosta.
Domaine Thomson in Lowburn also opened its new facility.
Further good reasons to explore Central Otago.