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In Praise of Riesling 2009

February 18, 2009

Date: Saturday March 7th 2009
Venue: Pegasus Bay Winery, Waipara New Zealand.

If the title of the event didn’t give it away, it’s a whole day spent consummating the passion many people feel for the world’s greatest white wine variety.

The event sold out last year, and there are a limited number of seats left for this year. The day begins with an international Riesling tasting which includes wines rarely seen from producers such as FX Pichler, Prager and Hirtzberger (Wachau, Austria), JJ Prum and Heymann-Lowenstein (Mosel, Germany) and Donnhoff (Nahe, Germany).

This is followed by lunch provided by the team that won the Cuisine Magazine Winery Restaurant of the Year title at Pegasus Bay Winery.

The afternoon will be dedicated to understanding New Zealand Riesling, including a regional workshop with Riesling from Gisborne, Martinborough, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago. There will also be a showcase of Waipara Valley Rieslings with 15 local wineries putting their “best Riesling foot forward”.

The day will finish with a five course meal giving careful consideration to Riesling’s unique place as an outstanding food wine in its many different styles.

“In Praise of Riesling” is New Zealand’s only dedicated Riesling event. Join local & national winemakers, some of Australasia’s most influential wine writers, Riesling experts and fans for a wonderful day dedicated to this classic grape variety.

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New Growing Season at Torlesse Wines

December 9, 2008
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Now Available in USA

I just received this new vintage update from Kym Rayner winemaker at Torlesse Wines in the Waipara Valley.

Torlesse Wines is typical of many artisan handcrafted wineries in New Zealand. If you visit the winery you will be hosted by Kym, his wife Maggie or Paul Hewitt the assistant wine maker. This is pretty cool.

One of the special characteristics of Kym’s wine is the ability to improve over time in the bottle. New Zealand has yet to achieve this recognition and Kym will be one of the many winemakers who is able to show the extra effort in the vineyard pays rewards for us consumers down the road.

Kym Rayner’s Comments  on the 2009  Growing  Season

“The winter of 2008 was normal to bordering on cold with a snow fall in June that settled on the ground at the winery

Late winter rains were very heavy in July and about 3 weeks later in August resulting in flooding around the winery.

Since August, rainfall has been slight torlesse-mapand while we are happy with low rainfall, the farming community around Waipara and in fact much of the East coast of NZ is very dry. We planted some Pinot Gris in late October and have been watering since then

The other significant fact is Waipara had no frost events or no visible damage on our vineyards at least. This coupled with warm dry conditions has meant early flowering and pretty good set.

The only negative is these conditions are also ideal for powdery mildew so there are plenty of sulphur sprays going on. This is an acceptable spray from an organic/sustainable approach.

Our vineyard has been quite untidy this year as we are spraying less herbicide and leaving a wider range of ground cover to bring in more insect diversity, hopefully beneficially,  like lady birds, spiders and bees and the predator wasps.

Things are shaping up for an excellent vintage.”

Thanks Kym, for sharing and letting us know there are some good things to look forward to.