Photo courtesy of Cameron Douglas
We officially launched our coveted Blaufränkisch this month. Having been New Zealand's first ever release of this Austrian variety, it goes without saying that some of the industries best had to try it!
Starting with Bob Campbell, New Zealand's own Master of wine:
'New Zealand's first release of this prestige Austrian grape variety. Only 500 bottles made. Dense, intense red wine with cassis, black tree fruits, mixed spices, fresh herbs, baked earth, brambles and spicy oak. A rich, complex wine, with a backbone of ripe tannins and vibrant acidity. Should age well.'
and New Zealand's Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas (featuring in the photo!):
'Fabulous bouquet of complexity and mystery, aromas of dark red berries, tilled earth and five spice with anise, sweet toasty wood scents and dusty clove. Equally delicious on the palate with flavours that not only mirror the bouquet but expand into a story of place and time. Excellent concentration and length, an abundance of fine tannins and acidity for mouthfeel and longevity. Delicious, new and intriguing. Great drinking from 2023 through 2029+.'
Stay tuned for more updates...