Friday, 5 November 2010

Mimi in NZ - Waipara, Marlborough and Nelson...

Up early again, this time starting my self drive tour of Waipara, Marlborough and Nelson. Has got distinctly cooler and a front is coming in from the west. Headed up the highway - only NZ could have a one lane highway! Visited Simon McGeorge at Mudhouse, who also makes Waipara Hills. Bio diversity themes to add to sustainability. Some good solid wines across the ranges, from Waipara, Otago and Marlborough, across the board better than many of the wines tasted at the regional tasting on Monday. Then down the backroads to the very exclusive biodynamic Pyramid Valley.

Stunning whites and unfined, unfiltered reds with a delicious home cooked lunch of pumpkin soup and rabbit terrine. Then up to Mount Beautiful in Cheviot. Shown round by Finn, the vineyard manager - the rain really kicking in. Again well on the sustainable path and a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc with a salty tang of minerality on the finish.

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