We’re almost at the end of #NZV16 and today I got to tick something off of my bucket list – digging out a tank!
A huge thanks to Ben and Anne for locking this into my vintage journey, and it was extra special that it was a tank containing a mate’s wine (apologies in advance Mike) that will be heading to the UK for Naked Wines in the near future. So I may even get to taste this wee number in its finished state.
Post work we had a wine tasting at the vintage house. I took along a bottle of the Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc which was gorgeous (not a biased opinion at all). The Wrekin vineyard is managed organically with biodynamic influences. The wine is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented. It has a wonderful balance of softness and vibrancy with mineral, apple, honey and pear. Great with goats cheese.
Another highlight was the Fromm La Strada Syrah (thanks Anne!). A super example of a Marlborough Syrah with black pepper, slightly sharp black currant, dark cherry and a touch of leaf. Supple yet structured. They are awesome producers!