jamie goode's wine blog: New Zealand, day 3 - Central Otago

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Zealand, day 3 - Central Otago

Another really good day today. Began with a helicopter flight over the region to get a good sense of where everything is, together with some other journalists. We landed at Carrick for a masterclass on the various varieties and subregions, as well as a vertical tasting led by Rudi Bauer. This was followed by lunch. It was a brilliantly informative morning, and there was a good buzz - relaxed but we got plenty of work done, too.

Jo Mills then picked me up and took me up to Rippon, in Wanaka. It's a beautiful vineyard, run along biodynamic lines (not certified). Jo and Brett (who's no. 2 to Jo's husband Nick, who wasn't there) were great hosts, and the wines were really good.

Final appointment of the day was at Amisfield, where I had a tasting and dinner at the restaurant just outside Queenstown. The wines are interesting across the board, and it was another really nice, relaxed and enjoyable visit.

Images from top to bottom: distinctively labelled barrels at Rippon; Gibbston sub-region; Rudi Bauer in full flow; aerial landscape; Rippon view; compost heaps at Rippon

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At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Ben Smith said...

Glad to hear you met Rudi - I had the pleasure of his company last September. You can see my short vid here : http://www.enotria.co.uk/index.php/news/an-austrian-in-nz/

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks Ben - really like him

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Morten Pedersen said...

It is interesting to read about your visit and to see the pictures.

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jamie
Pity you not in NZ when the rugby season is at its peak, the Kiwis could show you a thing or two about rugby...and I am talking about club rugby! Just kidding, hope you having a good time, glad your dear friend Neil Pendock doesn't read your blog he would be spitting mad knowing that you went on a heli flip...



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