jamie goode's wine blog: NZ: back to Martinborough

Sunday, January 31, 2010

NZ: back to Martinborough

So a big group of us drove back from Napier to Martinborough yesterday. Lots of banter on the bus, which was fun. We had a big tasting arranged of 60 wines from the region, which most of us did blind, followed by a feed, and then off to various vineyards for some visiting in smaller groups.

I went to Palliser with Oz Clarke, and then we went to Escarpment, where we were joined by James Halliday.

In the evening it was time for dinner at Neil McCallum's home. We had a superb tasting of some of the best wines of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, followed by a near-perfect dinner accompanied by some very special Martinborough wines.

Apologies for the brief update: this will all be written up in full, but I'm off to collect some crayfish and paua from the sea, and it's an 0715 start.

Pics: tasting at Neil's; tasting at Escarpment with Oz and James; Oz and his new friend; Larry McKenna; Richard Riddiford and Pip Goodwin at Palliser; close planted young vineyard at Escarpment


At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Morten Pedersen said...

It must have been fun and a great day. I have been watching Oz and James on BBC television.

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At 4:44 PM, Blogger Andrew Halliwell said...

Jamie - Sounds like a great trip. Probably pretty much everyone reading this blog is very jealous, despite the tight schedule. Looking forward to the in depth write up. I'm wondering, is there anybody in New Zealand who doesn't make excellent wines? I'm not expecting you to name names or anything, but I just get the impression that it's all brilliant?

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Patrick Johner said...

@Andrew Don't worry, everthing has been very well organized and pre-selected. There's not much point in showcasing anything else, but the best.

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Bet there's nothing as good as the Chave pictured earlier ;-)


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