This week, as it always does, has seen Burgundy descend upon London for the 2018 En Primeur tastings, where the trade, press and then the public get to taste some of the most amazing and highly sought after wines, while getting to chat to the producers at the same time.
As I’ve said there are a number of wineries on the island, but very little ever reaches our shores, that is up until now with the arrival of the wines from Obsidian, named after a semi-precious stone that the Maori used to make tools. Situated in Onetangi Bay and with the climate the island has they are able to produce stunningly elegant Syrah, Bordeaux Blends and Chardonnay. The vineyard was planted in 1993, with Michael Wood joining in 2005 as winemaker. They produce two ranges, the Estate and Reserve, with total production for the whole estate of 4,000 cases, which is not a lot when you think that they grow 11 varieties.
The other week we had the pleasure of Ben Glover from Zephyr wines pop in for a tasting. Based in Marlborough they produce a full range of wines from the family farm in Dillons Point, which was converted to vines in 1985, firstly being planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir, then further adding Gewürztraminer in 1991. The Glovers continued enthusiasm prompted them to launch their own brand Zephyr, and Ben came back to become winemaker, after working at other New Zealand wineries such as Wither Hills.