Vineyard and other news
The pruning has been completed and the vineyard looks very neat and tidy. Spring has arrived and not long till we have bud burst and frosts to worry about. In August we had our midwinter work do, this time we went to Les Alps in Queenstown, I thoroughly recommend it, the food was great and being a traditional French Bistro it was first for fondue and snails for some of us. The theme was red, white and blue, John (see the photo) went over the top on the red theme, a great night was had by all.
We have had a couple of engagements to announce, firstly good friends and customers of Wooing Tree Bryce and Joneen popped the question under the Wooing Tree. Then Michelle Morpeth (Wooing Tree sales and marketing extraordinaire ) and Brenton Low got engaged on their trip down south. To top this off Brentonís restaurant A Deco in Whangarei was then awarded Cuisine Magazines Best Smart Dining Regional award.
We are just releasing the Tickled Pink, you have the first option to buy some, last year it sold in a month, we have made more this time, but still donít expect it to last too long. See more about the Tickled Pink later in the newsletter.
All Blacks powered by Wooing Tree, we have been informed on the grapevine that the All Blacks have been introduced to Wooing Tree Pinot Noir, apparently it is now becoming a staple at team dinners, hopefully after, not before the games! Maybe this is why they have been playing so well this year J
Wooing Tree Pinot Noir at the Blue House. Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2008 was chosen for the dinner between Korean President Lee Myung Bak and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Blue House in Korea. The Blue House is Koreaís White House the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. John Key was in Korea meeting with President Lee Myung-bak to discuss the free trade agreement. Wine is one of the imports under the free trade agreement. I got a very excited call from Tiwi Tradeís Simon Walsh when the Wooing Tree wine was chosen for the dinner.
Fairbourne Estate joins the specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand. The search by The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand (TSWNZ) for a specialist producer of premium Sauvignon Blanc has concluded with the announcement that Russell Hooper and Sarah Inkersellís Fairbourne Estate from Marlborough has been chosen to represent New Zealandís iconic grape variety in this select marketing group. For Fairbourne Estate the invitation to join the select marketing group justifies the decision to specialise at the top end. "The opportunity to market alongside fellow winemakers who share a dedication that borders on the obsessive is extremely exciting," according to Russell Hooper. "We are all selling to similar segments of the market, yet we are not in any way competitive. The combined portfolio represents the best of New Zealandís artisan producers and we are proud to now be included." With Syrah (The Hay Paddock), Pinot Noir (Wooing Tree), Cabernet Blends (Destiny Bay), Gewurztraminer (Vinoptima), Methode Traditionelle (No1 Family Estate) and now Sauvignon Blanc (Fairbourne Estate) in its portfolio, The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand is arousing considerable interest in fine wine export markets and is continuing to identify producers of additional varieties that can meet its criteria for specialisation and quality.
Tickled Pink 2010 release
Just before Christmas last year we released the Wooing Tree Tickled Pink, probably the first dessert Rose in New Zealand, it was incredibly popular and sold out in about a month. The process involves leaving some Pinot Noir grapes out on the vines for about a month longer than normal (late harvest) to ripen up even more and build up sugar levels. With the increased sugar levels we can still ferment the sugar to alcohol and the leftover (residual) sugar is what makes the sweet dessert style wine.
We have made it again and it looks and tastes great. Lots of you have requested to be notified when it is released, well it is now and you have the first chance to snap some up. The wine has attractive aromas of peaches, raspberry and rhubarb crumble on the nose. Intense flavours of peaches and hints of oranges and toffee apples show on the palate, with a great body and lingering finish. This wine is a perfect match with desserts or cheeses and can be enjoyed on its own. $38 per bottle (375mls).
Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2008 wins Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest, most influential international wine competition in America, judged by a prestigious panel of nationally recognized wine experts. Judging is based on a blind, consensual procedure. 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the competition; the event took place on June 18th, 19th and 20th at the Hotel Nikko located in downtown San Francisco. The Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2008 is no stranger to success, having already won gold this year at the Korea Wine Challenge 2010 and being awarded 5 stars and top 10 in the Cuisine Magazine Pinot Noir tasting. This is also the 2nd year in a row Wooing Tree Pinot Noir has won gold at San Francisco.
Wooing Tree Beetle Juice 2009 wins Gold at the NZ International Wine Show
This is NZís largest wine competition and continues a great run of success for the Beetle Juice in wine competitions.
Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2009 Bob Campbell, 93/100, this is a very good score from Bob
Events coming up where you can taste Wooing Tree wines
We have a very busy schedule of wine tastings and dinners coming up and will continue to add more to the calendar, if you would like to know more information about any of the tastings below please get in contact and I will get back to you with more information, some of these events have limited spots and will sell out very fast. I am putting many of the events on Facebook, so become a Wooing Tree Facebook fan to keep up with the latest events. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wooing-Tree/110837278615
- Henryís wine tasting, 3rd Dec, 4pm to 6pm
- Tabou Bar and Bistro, 7th Oct, Wooing Tree Dinner with The Specialist Winegrowers of New Zealand, 462 New North Rd, Kingsland, $100pp, RSVP email@example.com or 09 8463474, tickets selling fast
- Devonport Wine and Food Festival, 19th - 20th Feb 2011
- Vino and Victuals, Cromwell Wine and Food Festival, 3rd Jan 2011
- Central Otago Pinot Celebration January 27th-29th 2011, Queenstown, Central Otago
- World of Difference Campaign, Tuesday 19th Oct, Crowne Plaza, First Edition room trade master class 1-2pm, trade tasting 2-5pm, consumer tasting 6-8pm
- World of Difference Campaign, Tuesday 12th Oct, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Trade Master class 1-2pm, trade tasting 2-5pm, consumer tasting 6-8pm
- 88 Below wine tasting evening, Thurs Oct 21st
- Mes Amis Wine club, 6th Oct
- Wine Dinner in association with the Wine Trader, Wed 28th Sept 6:30pm The Gallery Restaurant, cost $40, ph 06 357 3944
- Gambinoís Wine Store Wine Club Evening, Tues 30th Nov
- Te Awamutu Cellarmaster wine tasting evening, Te Awamutu Liquorland 12th Oct
UK and Ireland masterclass series (trade only) hosted by Jen Parr
- Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin, Ireland 2, 18th October 2010, 11am - 1pm, Organiser Jean Smullin
- Penthouse, NZ House, Haymarket, London, 19th October 2010, 10am - 11.30am, Organiser Eviva Events
Hong Kong (trade)
- Hong Kong Wine Fair, Thursday 21st Oct 2010, 2/F Memberís Stand, Hong Kong Jockey Club, One Sports Rd, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island
- NZ Wine Fair: Norway (Oslo) - 27 September
- NZ Wine Fair: Korea (Seoul) - 26 October
Buy Wine and Vouchers
For those in New Zealand you can order direct from us, ( free delivery for a case of 12 bottles), these can be a mixed case. We also have gift vouchers redeemable at the cellar door, these will make great Xmas gifts.
Please contact us from overseas and we will get you a quote for the shipping, you will be pleasantly surprised!!!
Buying Wooing Tree in the UK
Currently there is very limited stock in the UK and I am not sure how many of our existing stockists have our wine, we are trying to rectify this, but if you are having trouble getting Wooing Tree over there we can and do ship direct. Please contact us for a quote, you will be pleasantly surprised.
We also have a fairly comprehensive list of New Zealand stockists who will all be happy to supply you :- http://www.wooingtree.co.nz/new_zealand_stockists.html
and overseas :- http://www.wooingtree.co.nz/distributors.html
Cheers from Steve, Thea, Jane, Geoff and the whole team at Wooing Tree
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