29 August 2011

 Sunday afternoon..... What better way to spend a Spring like day with friends, family, 4doz Pacific Oysters, a stunning bottle of 2009 Clos de Ste. Anne Chenin Blanc and sitting at Wainui beach gazing into the horizon.

Wainui Beach, Gisborne

2009 Clos de Ste. Anne Chenin Blanc is our new addition to the Clos de Ste. Anne family.  This wine presents itself with chipped stone minerality, aromas of pear, honey & bees wax and a hint of warm wool and starched linen. The savory acidity and austere dry textured tannin are refreshing while a quince-like fruit flavour gives lift and great length to the overall taste.
This wine with the oysters and the ocean breeze is a dreamy match that gave us not only  a visual treat of paradise but a taste of satisfaction while drifting into a Sunday afternoon coma.

25 August 2011

Chenin Blogging

We love Chenin Blanc and it takes a long time to get spotted when you produce something that is idiosyncratic and less than 1% of the overall wine production, that does tick all the boxes of normality, that doesn't rely on the use of any of that makeup stuff some use in the vineyard and cellar to make them look pretty, that comes from the oldest biodynamic wine estate in the New World.
Robert Giorgione has something to say about our Crazy by Nature Dry Flint Chenin Blanc & Te Arai Chenin Blanc.

Hello! We are back after not a peep since 22 October 2010!!
 The sun has joined us again and the feeling of spring is in the air.

Te Arai Vineyard. View from the office window.