In honour of the Royal Visit to the Central Otago based Amisfield Vineyard recently, my wine of the week this week is their 2012 Pinot Gris which I was very pleased to discover in Wellington’s Regional Wine and Spirits. Well, if it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for me!
Amisfield was established in 1988 and is a Central Otago based specialist producer of Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines sourced from fruit grown on their Estate vineyard beneath the Pisa Mountain range in the Cromwell Basin.
Amisfield wines reflect the company’s grape growing and winemaking philosophy underlining faithful expression of site, minimal winemaking intervention and ultimate fruit purity. Stringent yield management practices deliver concentrated fruit flavour, consistency and complexity derived from the range of soils found on the vineyard.
Their restaurant menu also looks fantastic and I hope to follow the Royal footsteps and sneak in a visit to Amisfield this year.
Read more about the Royal Visit here:
For opening hours and menu:
More photos from the Royal Visit can be seen on the Governor General Facebook Page
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