Tag Archives: Montepulciano

Anything & everything goes in winemaking

Just about anything goes in wine these days. ‘Ferment it and they will come’, seems to be the only rule. The new trends purport to turn winemaking progress on its head. Here’s the latest one.

On one hand, many established wine producers are buying the latest sorting tables, some of which work with advanced optics to weed out the undesirable things from what arrives in the grape-pickers’ buckets. They are removing any stalks that get through the destemmer, any leaves or bits of vine wood or tree-bark, any green berries or diseased berries. The result is a purer wine, with less distracting aroma and flavour caused by MOG (material other than grape).

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Taste magazine 2015 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Viva Italia

Stage an Italian-themed dinner party with the help of Pavarotti, pasta and Prosecco sparkling wine (to start). With the main course you could serve an Italian Montepulciano alongside a Kiwi example of the same grape variety. You will probably find that the local wine is softer and fruitier while the Italian red is slightly drier and more austere because it’s meant to be enjoyed with food.

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Riverland winegrowers switch on to montepulciano

Riverland winegrowers Bruce and Val Bassham are going the full monty. Montepulciano, that is. The montepulciano grape, whose home is the Abbruzzi region in central eastern Italy, has taken enthusiastically to the Riverland and the Basshams reckon it’s one of their best wines. They sell it for $24 under their Bassham Wines label. The 2012 is a fine wine of deep colour and good intensity of flavour, structured and seamless, with modest alcohol (13.5 per cent) and more savouriness than some of the ultra-fruity Riverland wines.

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Taste magazine 2014 Wine Awards

Annual Taste wine awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine, Sweet Wine, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Reds other than Pinot Noir and New Varieties. For each group, Bob presents his top picks in the Under $20, $20 – $30 and Over $30 price brackets. Trophy Awards are also allocated to the overall Best Red, Best White, Best to Cellar and many other categories.

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Hit the Hawke’s Bay Wine Trail

Sea, sun and Syrah are three good reasons to join the Hawke’s Bay wine trail. You can enjoy all three at some of the country’s best vineyard restaurants. If you need more convincing to grab your corkscrew and credit card try history, hospitality and a head-turning range of wine styles that’s more extensive than you’ll find in any other local wine region.

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Italian wine

I can’t decide which I like most: the diverse and fascinating wines of Italy, the county’s complex cuisine which is an art form or the warm and extraordinarily hospitable Italian people. Together they’re a devastating combination that keeps drawing me back.