Last week I was in Beijing and hosted a very amusing New Zealand wine options nights with a group of Kiwis and Chinese Nationals.
The winning team was “Team Odyssey” which amusingly enough was the only team with no Kiwi team members, all in the name!
Today I tasted the Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2003 in Magnum and for those of you who have this wine I wrote the following tasting note.
Lovely strawberry fruit notes on the nose with a hint of leather and very subtle blue cheese.The palate has sweet ripe tones with acid in balance and firm yet refined tannins. The wine has evolved beautifully from the robust wine it was in its youth. The cherry/plum has evolved into strawberry and the tannins whilst still present are elegant and have greatly softened.
If you have an occasion’ to drink to’ this year, this would be a great time to pop the cork…9 years old.
Vintage 2012 is all over now …. The various Pinot Noir clones look great as do the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris also from our Marlborough Vineyard,the whites are just down in yield, but over all the quality will be good. Pictured here is the hard working Duncan with the certificate number and sign for our organic certification, one more year and we will be fully certified Organic !
Saturday 7th of April 2012 saw pickers coming from far and wide to harvest the first grapes at Odyssey Marlborough. Pinot Noir grapes were harvested to make the Rose wine. Marlborough is experiencing ideal conditions in the lead up to harvest and whilst being several weeks behind the norm we can let the grapes hang and develope lots of flavours!… a very promising vintage.
Clearly the wine of choice for Odysseus and the love of his life Penelope, you too can enjoy the
Homer Sparking Rose!
Nosh have a Special deal on the Homer Sparkling Rose this week … Happy Valentining!
Thanks for all the nice comments re the Viva comment in todays Herald about The Reserve Iliad Gisborne Chardonnay 2010 , great to appreciate individual wines for what they are…expressions of their own terroir. The Iliad is available in lots of good Auckland stores try Liquorland Newmarket, La Barrique, Bacchus Upland, Point Wines, Artisan Wines, A to Z, Kohi Corner , Caros, Wine Vault, Fine Wine Delivery Company, Glengarry Ellerslie, Ponsonby and Westmere., or contact us if you having problems locating. Cheers and enjoy those wild yeasts!
One of the best jobs back from the holidays is check the vineyards to see how everything is developing. This week in Gisborne the sun was shining and it looks like a great year for Hen and Chickens in our Chardonnay grapes. The flavour comes from the skin so with all the little chickens we will get more intensely flavoured berries. Fingers crossed the good summer in Gisborne continues!!