BRAGATO CHAMPION PINOT NOIR

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BRAGATO CHAMPION PINOT NOIR

Judged at the recent 2017 Bragato Wine Awards as the Champion Pinot Noir, we're very proud of this Ruby Bay Pinot Noir 2016.  The volume of entries for this category was such that all of the judging panels spent an entire morning looking exclusively at Pinot Noir; so the competition for this particular award was fierce. 

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COLIN HARRISON MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017

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COLIN HARRISON MEMORIAL TROPHY 2017

Congratulations to Rimu Grove for taking out the annual Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for their Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2016. Not only was it the Judges favourite wine, but it was also voted People's Choice at a blind tasting at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire event in July. 
Make sure you stock up before it sells out!

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      Waimea Estate, one of the regions largest wine producers has been sold to New Zealand financial services company Booster which is a KiwiSaver fund provider and will now be in partnership with the Awatere River Wine Company in Marlborough.   Waimea Family Estate Wines was established in 1993 when Trevor and Robyn Bolitho planted the first of over 140ha of vineyards on Nelson's Waimea plains.  Awatere River Wine Company was established in 2007 by Louis Vavasour, of the original Vavasour family who pioneered viticulture and wine-making in the Awatere Valley in 1987.    Waimea Estates general manager Ben Bolitho will be staying on with the company along with other current staff and said the investment partnership allowed the business to grow to its full potential.  Read more here. 

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Waimea Estate, one of the regions largest wine producers has been sold to New Zealand financial services company Booster which is a KiwiSaver fund provider and will now be in partnership with the Awatere River Wine Company in Marlborough. 

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Gold at Global Syrah Masters

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Gold at Global Syrah Masters

Congratulations to Falcon Ridge Estate for their 2015 Syrah which won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Syrah Masters in London.

A full list of Award winners is still yet to be published but we will link it to this blog once it has been. 

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Double parked

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Double parked

"Chard in Nelson's backyard" - Andrew J. Steel 

Love what happens when natural beauty, a photographic eye, artistic talent and great wine collide. This #unofficialcollab by artist Andrew J. Steel, with his take on Nelson's backyard.

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Double Golds for Waimea & Spencer Hill

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Double Golds for Waimea & Spencer Hill

Both Waimea Estate and Spencer Hill have been awarded Double Golds for their Spinyback Pinot Gris 2016 and 2013 Spencer Hill Moutere "Wild One" Pinot Noir respectively, at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC).

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SWEET PLATINUM AWARD AT UK DECANTER

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SWEET PLATINUM AWARD AT UK DECANTER

Nelson Tasmans most awarded wine has earned another accolade, receiving a Platinum at the 2017 UK Decanter World Wine Awards. Seifreid Estate Winemakers Collection Nelson 'Sweet Agnes' Riesling 2016 received a Platinum award and 'Best New Zealand Sweet'. The 2016 vintage has already been awarded a Double Gold (97 points) at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition and a Gold at the 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. 

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How to tour wine country

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How to tour wine country

Joe Czerwinski, wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade, provides five tips to getting the most out of a visit to a wine region and a look at five of his most memorable trips, including a visit to Neudorf in Nelson. 

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The home for fine wine in the heart of Nelson

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The home for fine wine in the heart of Nelson

Nelson’s Casa del Vino is now the city’s first-ever fine wine shop and tasting bar. If you haven’t been to Casa, it’s in the heart of the Nelson CBD at 214 Hardy Street. Completely transformed last year, it will remind you of some of the most elegant wine bars and tasting rooms of Europe.

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Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

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Port Nelson’s QuayConnect wins Green Ribbon Award

Winner of the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics model, Port Nelson "shows the sort of practical and innovative initiatives that can make a real difference to the difficult problems of climate change" [Nick Smith, MP].

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Nick Stock: Checking in on the best Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock: Checking in on the best Pinot Noir

Across the Nelson and Marlborough region there are number of wineries that are renowned for producing outstanding Pinot Noir wines, however, in a recent report by Nick Stock regional stars include Neudorf, which works with old vines, and Mahana, run by Michael Glover.
Stock described both the 2014 and 2015 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noirs as worthy of collecting and maturing; capable of attaining the kind of sweet decay that you find in the best older Burgundy wines with age. 

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Mother Nature can be a Fickle Mistress!

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Mother Nature can be a Fickle Mistress!

Vintage 2017 - by Hamish Kempthorne, Head Winemaker of Waimea Estates

To say that the Nelson grape harvest of 2017 threw out some challenges would be an understatement. However, despite the at times wicked hand of Mother Nature the wines now safely fermenting in tank and barrel are full of promise with some exciting wines to look forward to as an expression of the Nelson wine-growing region for another year.

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Sauvignon Blanc & Kono Greenshell Mussels

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Sauvignon Blanc & Kono Greenshell Mussels

In celebration of International Sauvignon Blanc Day on 5 May, we thought we'd share a recipe that you could prepare that pairs exceptionally well with a local Sauvignon Blanc! This recipe and many others can be found on aquaculture.org.nz

Kono Greenshell Mussels in a Coconut Curry Sauce

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Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

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Nelson Sauvignon Blanc

Hear more about Sauvignon Blanc from outside of Marlborough; in particular from Nelson's Andrew Greenhough and Hermann Seifried, along with wimemakers from Hawke's Bay, Wairarapa and Canterbury. 

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