Spitbucket Sessions Vol. 2: Kiwi Pinot

27 09 2010

(Wither Hills Chief Winemaker, Ben Glover, surfs the wave of Kiwi success)

After the first successful foray into the Spitbucket with Semillon, it’s time to get some reds on the go before the Sydney Summer goes nuclear and we’re all begging for white wine, bubbly and ice pops again. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is still the single biggest growth driver for wine in Australia. It’s the fastest growing grape, the fastest growing sector of imported wine and takes out the top 8 spots for Sauvignon Blanc brands by value in Australia. But do I really want to taste 12 in a row? If i’m honest…not really (tho prepared to be proven wrong!). Pinot Noir is where New Zealand’s fine wine reputation rests and there a hundreds of mad bastards there trying to squeeze the best out of this most capricious of grapes.

The French have had hundreds of years of practice in Burgundy, but New Zealand winemakers are an impatient lot and they’re trying to catch up as fast as they possibly can. There’s no doubt that nature has been kind to New Zealand and its love of this grape, but there are a lot of stylistic questions being struggled with at the moment. There is ethereal, elegant Pinot and then there is big, gutsy Pinot (or “Shiraz in Drag” as suggested by @iloveriesling). As New Zealand’s prime Pinot regions establish identities and winemaking practices to go with them, now is as good a time as any to get to the very core of what New Zealand Pinot Noir is all about.

That and…well…it tastes that bloody good frankly. Especially with the line-up we’ll be showing…

The Full Line-up of Wines (order may change)

Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera Pinot Noir 2009

Martinborough Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

Trinity Hills High Country Pinot Noir 2007

Neudorf Pinot Noir (wine TBC – I know, we’re living on the edge…)

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2008

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2008

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir 2008

Wither Hills Wairau Valley Pinot Noir 2008

Wither Hills Ben Morven Pinot Noir 2007

Greystone Pinot Noir 2008

Greystone Pinot Noir 2009

Mount Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2009

Mount Difficulty Pinot Noir 2008

With a bit of luck some of the winemakers will be joining in from across the Tasman. To chat to the winemakers live during the tasting make sure you’re following them in advance:



@WitherHillsWine and @maxatwhills



Date: Wed 6th October

Time: 6.30, for prompt 6.45pm start

Location: The beautiful Coast Roof Top Bar – see full details here

Book: Tweet @coastrestaurant to reserve one of the 20 spaces

Cost: Zip




3 responses

29 09 2010

Eeep! So excited about this Pinot tasting! And thank you for the link love!

5 10 2010

A pleasure – really looking forward to seeing you there. You are the Queen of Kiwi Pinot after all!

6 10 2010

Whoop whoop! Top stuff! Can’t wait.

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