Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Central Otago’s Pinot Noir Has Come Of Age

Central Otago winegrowers believe their region, following 25 years of intensive viticulture, has “come of age.”

This month they’re hosting an influential group of French winegrowers from Burgundy and will demonstrate to them their knowledge, skill and passion for growing the Pinot Noir grape.

The Climats of Burgundy delegation, spearheaded by one of the world’s most respected winegrowers, Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, is presenting a case to our government to support a nomination for their Burgundy region to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Central Otago Winegrowers Association supports the nomination because it’s learned from and adopted many aspects of the Burgundian winegrowing model. The delegation’s visit will endorse Central Otago’s burgeoning reputation as an international producer of quality Pinot Noir.

The delegation, following a meeting with government leaders in Wellington on January 27, will fly to Queenstown for five days of education and exchange with local winegrowers and culminating in the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2014.

Wanaka winegrower, Nick Mills, organiser of the visit, says the five days will be a sharing of two cultures and will include a winegrowers’ Q and A seminar, a masterclass tasting for growers, specialist wine media and collectors, a grand tasting where Central Otago winegrowers present their 2012 Pinot Noir vintage and a formal tasting and discussion of six wines sent by the Climats of Burgundy delegation.

Interspersed will be lunches at a range of wineries and restaurants, a Grand Dinner and charity auction at Skyline Restaurant and an opportunity to visit Central Otago tourist locations, the Fiordland World Heritage Area and the Otago Polytechnic’s Cromwell campus, which is the region’s viticultural institute.

Aubert de Villaine will also share with delegates the importance of Burgundy achieving UNESCO World Heritage status, the benefits to New Zealand and the reaction from government leaders.

Nick Mills explains there’s been a long and important connection between Burgundy and Central Otago which has seen about 40 interns – the next generation of winemakers from Burgundy – study here and return to France with fresh and progressive ideas.

“An educational and cultural exchange was established in 2006 and, through the joint exchanges, the two regions have shared tradition and experience,” he says. “Both regions have clearly benefited from this relationship.”

The chair of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration 2014, Jen Parr, believes that sharing cultures coupled with 25 years of Pinot Noir output and creativity has helped foster a very real “sense of place” in Central Otago’s wine. “The coming of age in the glass means we’re moving from a Pinot Noir dominated by fruit exuberance to a wine that also has maturity, structure and texture to it,” she says.

“The greater understanding of our unique climate and our vineyards gained from increased knowledge and experience over this period has helped Central Otago achieve great consistency of character and quality in our wines. These views will be discussed at the four day celebration and shared with the Burgundian delegation.”

The 10th Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration is a special time to share this achievement she says.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news