I’m not particularly a NZ pinot fan, though I like to keep an open mind. But the wife has (lets just say) a milestone bday coming up during this stretch, and a biz conference in Sydney just after. And it’s not a bad time for a little break from Seattle winter.
OTOH, the conference and the airfare are not cheap.
Any experience? Worth it, not worth it?
Y’know, I keep hearing journalists and others chirping Central Otago! Central Otago! Central Otago! as NZ’s premier pinot noir region, but when I think back to the NZ pinots I find really compelling, none of 'em have been from Central Otago. Who are some producers there worth looking for?
I’m certainly interested in Keiths question - in particular regarding the participating wineries, http://www.pinotcelebration.co.nz/wineries.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, but any other suggestions around Queenstown.
We may take an extra day or so down there vs. staying in Auckland.
I am really quite a newbie w/ NZ PN. From the wineries list, I have had only the odd wine from Amisfield and Mt. Difficulty in the past. The rest are complete unknowns to me.
I think all the wineries will be there and no problem getting to talk to the owners and makers. Felton Road, Carrick, Peregrine, Rippon, Mt Edward and many many more… 09 and 10 were good vintages so there should be a host of fine wines. Clos de Tart is the visiting Burgundy house, Sylvain Petiot guest speaker, I expect involved in the burgundy tasting.
I would certainly stay in the south rather than go to Auckland. Lots to do and see depending on how extreme you want to be.