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The wines from 2019 are brilliant – the vintage was huge fun – no pressure, just great fruit. J U DY F I N N , N E U D O R F V I N EYA R D S

“This is the perfect occasion to get to know how we put the Nelson lifestyle and sunshine in a bottle! Will the dolphins swim by to greet us again this year?” Judy Finn of Neudorf Vineyards agrees. “The wines from 2019 are brilliant – the vintage was huge fun – no pressure, just great fruit.” Several interesting facts bear that out.

Did you know:

• Nelson Tasman upped its harvest tonnage this year by 36 percent, making it the fourth largest wine producing region in New Zealand. The increase was one of the largest across the regions. • Sauvignon blanc is also on the increase regionally, with a 20 percent jump. Regionally sauvignon blanc is an elegant, restrained expression of the variety, displaying lovely texture and minerality alongside crisp, vivacious tropical fruit with fresh herbal nuances. • Regional stars are pinot noir and chardonnay although aromatics continue to climb the award and tonnage ladder as do some exciting emerging varieties. • Several of the pioneers of New Zealand’s wine industry are still producing wine here, exporting all over the globe.

Above: Clockwise - Harvesting at Dunbar Estate; removing the nets at Himmelsfeld Vineyard; winemaker Trudy Sheild tasting a tank sample at Middle Earth Wines; winemaker Shayne Cox processing grapes at Richmond Plains Opposite page: Wine tasting at Seifried Estate Winery

How to Taste Wine:

Wine tasting may seem complicated, but anyone can do it by following four simple steps.

1. Look

Check out the colour, clarity and viscosity (wine legs). Read the information on the label (unless you are blind tasting). Labels usually include the vintage, amount of alcohol by volume and the grape variety.

2. Smell

When you first start smelling wine, think big to small. Are there fruits? Think of broad categories first, ie citrus, orchard or tropical fruits in whites or, when tasting reds, red fruits, blue fruits or black fruits. Getting too specific or looking for one particular note can lead to frustration. Broadly, you can divide the nose of a wine into three primary categories: Primary aromas are grape-derivative and include fruits, herbs and floral notes. 25

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WildTomato September 2019  

Kono Dine Out Awards | New Nelson Wines | Cheese Please | Saving our Whitebait | Home Brewing | Brass Band | Chia Sisters | E-transport

WildTomato September 2019  

Kono Dine Out Awards | New Nelson Wines | Cheese Please | Saving our Whitebait | Home Brewing | Brass Band | Chia Sisters | E-transport