Since daylight savings kicked in here, the weather has turned. It became winter, suddenly, overnight. Inevitably with the darkness, rain and southerlies battering Wellington, the craving for curling up on the sofa indoors with a nice bottle of red has replaced my long and wonderful summer filled with Kiwi Savs.
Wine of the week I am enjoying this week is from a wonderful vineyard I visited in Hawke’s Bay a while back called Abbey Cellars. I’ll always remember this vineyard as upon its approach we admired the architecture of the building and I asked the owner when they decided to convert the church into their home/vineyard. She smiled and said ‘New Zealand’s not that old’. I guess we are so used to converted churches in the UK that I didn’t think that a property build would be approached the other way round. The owners love and appreciation of churches and old buildings brought about through their travels led them to create a building that is a unique interpretation of a gothic abbey. It is a beautiful site to behold.
The wines are equally stunning and I am enjoying their 2009 ‘Rapture’ Merlot this week. It won the Silver award at the Royal Easter Show Wine awards 2011 and is recommended by WineEstate magazine. A perfect match for a fillet steak and mushrooms.
1769 Maraekakaho Road
Hastings 4171, New ZealandSummer Hours:
Daily – 11:00am until 5:00pm
Large groups and tours by appointment please.
PO Box 8115
Havelock North 4157, New ZealandPhone: +64 6 879 6171
Fax: +64 6 824 3168