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New Wave New Zealand Wine

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New Wave New Zealand Wine

By Rose Murray Brown MW Published in The Scotsman
13 July 2019

"It’s just 46 years since the first Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc was planted. Since then it has propelled New Zealand to world ranking – with 23,500 hectares out of the country’s 38,000 hectares now devoted to this grape – but it is not the only white grape success story here.
Hawkes Bay region New Zealand wine Wine drinkers often remain unaware of New Zealand’s broad portfolio of white grapes – which show a similar precision, brightness and just as much vivid fruit flavour and pungency as their Sauvignon Blancs. In my opinion by far the most impressive of the white grapes here is Chardonnay, closely followed by the classic aromatic grapes: Pinot Gris (now the 4th most planted grape), Viognier, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

New Zealand has strict laws about introducing new grapes. It is very expensive to get vines into the country and it usually takes about 10 years for the process, the new plantings then need 3 years before bearing fruit and further time to mature into their new surroundings. So it is early days, but we are starting to see an influx of exciting newcomers like Iberia’s Albarino grape, Italy’s Arneis and Austria’s Gruner Veltliner showing potential in New Zealand’s cool maritime climate.

Planted in New Zealand in 1800’s, but only since the 1980’s has racy aromatic Riesling shown real potential. No surprises that this cool climate grape thrives best in sunny days, cool nights and long dry autumns of South Island – it excels in north Canterbury region.

Oddly for a New Zealand estate, Mount Beautiful released Riesling as their first wine. Loved this off-dry, low alcohol example with its floral and lime notes, crisp green apple, honeysuckle and citrus flavours, vivid acidity and gentle sweetness; a perfect match with Thai fishcakes."


Negociants Fine Wine Tour

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Each year our New Zealand distributor, Negociants New Zealand hosts it's Negociants Fine Wine Tour. This year the event spanned three cities (Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland) between July 22-24. At each location a tasting experienced solely for wine trade and media preceded a tasting open to the general public. Here are a few pics from the event.

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2019 International Pinot Noir Celebration

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This year Mt. Beautiful was honored to have been invited back to the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) hosted on the Linfield College Campus in McMinnville Oregon.

It had been roughly five years since they were last selected as a featured winery at this well regarded event entirely focused on Pinot Noir. Each year IPNC's organizers carefully select and invite a diverse representation of Pinot Noir producers from around the globe, amounting to over fifty wineries.

The daily itinerary for the event is impressive; peppered with activities ranging from on-campus seminars, off-site vineyard tours, a Grand Dinner, alfresco tastings, a heavily attended "Salmon Bake," a Champagne Brunch, and a large Pinot Noir tasting on the closing day of the event that is open to those who did not sign up for the entire weekend event.

Belle Pente Vineyards Robert Watkins IPNC web
Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins discussing the terroir of North Canterbury in a seminar on AVAs, hosted at Belle Pente Winery.

Dr Jamie Goode IPNC Alfresco Tasting IPNC
Of the wine media circulating the event was Dr. Jamie Goode of Wine Anorak.

Robert Watkins CEO Mt. Beautiful Rich Moshin Vineyards IPNC
Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins (left) and Rick Moshin of Moshin Vineyards.

Suzanna Mannion and L.M. Archer IPNC Grand Dinner web
Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion (left) and wine / travel writer L.M. Archer at the Grand Dinner Friday evening.

Rick Moshin Alfresco Tasting IPNC web
The Russian River's Moshin Vineyards were neighbors at the tastings. Pictured here is Rick (at left) and Richard 

IPNC Salmon Bake web
Saturday evening's Salmon Bake lured over 1500 wine loving guests.

IPNC Meals web
Countless beautifully crafted and heartfelt meals were prepareed throughout the event.

Thomas Houseman Anne Amie Vineyards web
Left to Right: Winemaker Thomas Houseman of Anne Amie Vineyards and Mt. Beautiful's Suzanna Mannion


2019 Counter Culture - Anne Amie Vineyards

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Counter Culture Chalkboard web

Last weekend Mt. Beautiful attended the 2019 International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon. The day prior, they were one of 15 wineries pouring Rose and Chardonnay at a neighboring "IPNC" kick-off party called "Counter Culture" hosted by Anne Amie Vineyards. This lively event included fifteen international wineries, delectable local food vendors, highly scenic views and a live DJ. Here are some photos from this fabulously fun event.

Anne Amie Counter Culture Robert Tasting Stand web
Mt. Beautiful's CEO Robert Watkins

Ice Cream Truck 50 Licks Anne Amie Counter Culture web
Fifty Licks Ice Cream kept the wine tasters cool and refreshed.

Anne Amie Vineyards Sunset Counter Culture IPNC web
Fantastic panoramas from Anne Amie Vineyard and happy guests enjoying them. 

Counter Culture Anne Amie Vineyards Fire Pit web
A lengthy fire pit was lit and complemented by a fire dancer. 

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