Our 'Best of Waiheke' package proved very popular today with a corporate group from Air New Zealand. We talked through the history of wine making on Waiheke Island, then tasted four of the classic styles produced there from four of the islands most prestigious wineries.

  1. Dunleavy, Rose, 2015, Te Motu, Waiheke Island - www.temotu.co.nz
  2. Goldie, Reserve Chardonnay, 2014, Waiheke Island - www.goldiewines.co.nz
  3. Mudbrick, Reserve Syrah, 2015, Waiheke Island - www.mudbrick.co.nz
  4. Obsidian, 'The Obsidian', Red Blend, 2010, Waiheke Island - www.obsidian.co.nz

As the wine-maker for the Te Motu Rose, I was able to offer the group a unique insight into the way Rose wine is produced. The rose proved particularly popular on this hot humid Waiheke evening.

We went on to discuss how malolactic fermentation changes the flavour of Chardonnay and how Chardonnay production differs from that of other famous NZ whites.

The comparison of the 2015 Syrah and the 2010 Bordeaux-blend demonstrated how flavour profiles change with time.

The feedback from the group was incredibly positive and all said they now know much more about wine than they ever knew before.

Huge thanks to Destination Waiheke who arranged the tasting for us: http://www.destinationwaiheke.co.nz/