Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Waiheke Montepulciano Scoops Prestige Award

Waiheke Montepulciano Scoops Prestige Award At Romeo Bragato Wine Awards!

Boutique Waiheke Island winemaker Obsidian Vineyard wins a Trophy and Gold Medal for its first release of this emerging variety.

Obsidian Vineyard from Waiheke Island has won an award at the Romeo Bragato National Wine Competition in Auckland for its 2006 Montepulciano. The wine, which is Obsidian’s first release of the variety, scored a Trophy and Gold Medal in the ‘Other Red’ class of the competition.

Made by Obsidian winemaker Mike Wood, the awards are confirmation for proprietor Lindsay Spilman that ‘Monte’ has a great future on the island. “We’re the first Waiheke producer to make wine with the variety,” says Lindsay. “And even though the ’06 crop was very small, we always reckoned we had a winner on our hands.”
“Mike’s contribution has been enormous,” declares Lindsay. “It’s his talent and dedication that has helped us make this such a superb wine.”

Mike, who also looks after Obsidian’s vineyard, describes the wine as ‘quite Italian’ in character. “It has a deep purple colour with garnet hues, the nose shows plums, vanilla and spice and the palate has ripe black fruits and mocha, with excellent tannins, weight and structure,” he says.

Montepulciano is Italy’s second most widely planted native red grape variety. It originated in Tuscany but today is dispersed all around Italy’s grape growing regions. London-based authority on varietals Jancis Robinson MW describes it as ‘promising’.

The grape’s history at Obsidian goes back to 1997 when a single row of vines was planted at the vineyard and carefully nurtured. The vines flourished and showed great potential right from the start with generous bunches and good resistance to the autumn weather.

With just a few hectares of Montepulciano planted around NZ, it’s still an unfamiliar wine to most Kiwi wine lovers. But Obsidian’s success may well change all that.
In fact, Lindsay wonders whether Waiheke could become the Tuscany of the Hauraki Gulf. “We may not have the terracotta roofs and old buildings,” he says. “But we’ve got the hills, the olives, the cypresses and the family-owned vineyards. And now we’ve got a wine to match!”

Time will tell, but Obsidian Vineyard is certainly setting the pace with this exciting Italian newcomer. Obsidian also received a silver medal for its syrah and three bronze medals – a tally of five medals in total.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Welcome Home: Record High Migration Stokes 41-Year High Population Growth

New Zealand annual net migration hit a new high in October as more people arrived from than departed for Australia for the first time in more than 20 years. More>>


Citizens' Advice Bureau: Report Shows Desperate Housing Situation Throughout NZ

CAB's in-depth analysis of over 2000 client enquiries about emergency accommodation shows vulnerable families, pregnant women and children living in cars and garages, even after seeking assistance from the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand. More>>


Speaking For The Bees: Greens Call For Neonicotinoid Pesticide Ban

The National Government should ban the use of controversial pesticides called neonicotinoids after evidence has revealed that even at low doses they cause harm to bee populations, the Green Party said today. More>>


Science Awards: NZAS Celebrate NZ Scientific Achievements

The Marsden Medal is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding service to the cause or profession of science, in recognition of service rendered to the cause or profession of science in the widest connotation of the phrase. This year’s medal is awarded to Dr Mike Andrews. More>>


Court Rules: Affco 'Unlawfully' Locked Out Meat Workers

The note says the full court found for the plaintiffs, "that is that the defendant locked out the second plaintiffs unlawfully and that it breached s 32 of the Act by acting otherwise than in good faith towards the plaintiffs while collective bargaining was still going on." More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news