Sunday, October 23, 2011

Aah - those Pinots

The Rugby World Cup takes place every 4 years. This year, New Zealand hosted 20 Nations over the past 6 weeks. This tournament was highly anticipated in New Zealand and certainly brought some excitement to our Rugby-crazy Nation. And the best of all: we won it - the All Blacks brought the cup back after 24 years of waiting. Well done!

But the road to this success was difficult. Contesting against some high-calibre Nations, like Australia, England,Wales, South Africa and France brought the best out of New Zealand.

In 2007, the winner of the cup was South Africa. Bearing this in mind, it is only natural that quite a few South Africans spent some time in our country. Despite that they lost in the Quarterfinals against Australia, they enjoyed amongst other things our Pinot noirs in Gibbston Valley.
Pinot noir to enjoy in company

It is true, South Africa creates outstanding wines. Our guests though told us that the Pinot noirs from our Queenstown region are definitely something special. The rugged terrain, the unique climate and the schist rock infused earth create a delicious earthiness combined with a mineraly taste to this fruitful grape.

The road to this wine production success was as challenging as winning the Rubgy World Cup 2011. Pinot noir is a grape variety whose importance in New Zealand is extremely high, in particular in the Queenstown area. It all started with the Central Otago Gold rush around 1860. A French immigrant, Jean Desire Feraud, found his fortune by planting vines. He started the commercial wine production which has now become an international success.

The current wine makers of eg. Waitiri Creek, Chard Farm, Brennan Wines or Peregrine Wines receive high accolades on international wine shows. For instance, the 2009 Pinot noir of Peregrine Wines was awarded the Bouchard Finlayson Trophy Pinot Noir in the International Wine and Spirit Competition as the 'best wine of the world' - you can't beat that!

Aah, those Pinots...

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