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nzbriefs • what’s happening in the NZ wine scene
PROSECCO TAKES ON A ROSEY GLOW
CHARDONNAY ROOTS DISCOVERED
AMONG THE VINES - WINE STAYS CLOSE TO HOME
A YEAR OF HEAT, DROUGHT AND FIRE
NEW WINE PRODUCER MAKES AN IMPACT • Mapleton Vineyards might be a relative newcomer to the Tasmanian wine industry but after recently raking in awards it seems they’re set to soar.
NOT ONE TO MINCE WINE OR WORDS
GAPSTED: A QUARTER OF A CENTURY ON • As Gapsted Wines hit their silver anniversary, they reflect on where they’ve been and share a taste of what’s to come.
Risk Reaps Rewards
JOURNEY FROM THE OLD COUNTRY TO THE NEW • Pioneers of the Orange wine region in New South Wales, Highland Heritage Estate proves that winemaking is in their blood.
WINE OF THE YEAR Special Awards Feature 2020 • Featuring the winners and placegetters for each varietal category tasted throughout the year. Plus profiles of the Australian and New Zealand winemaker and wine company of the year.
HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES • THE FINE ART OF BLENDING
WINNING FAMILY RECIPE • Today, Saint Clair wines are sold in over 60 countries, throughout Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. As part of the company’s steady expansion, in 2016 it purchased Lake Chalice, acquiring over 50 hectares of vineyards at Rapaura and in the Waihopai Valley.
WHEN YOU’RE ON A GOOD THING… • “The primary focus of everything we do at Church Road is around ‘mouthfeel’, getting a nice fullness, roundness and plushness. A lot of the things you do to enhance texture actually make the wines less fruity and more aromatically interesting, which to me is a real positive, but it’s not everyone’s focus.”
A STELLAR SUCCESS STORY • “Having been awarded this prestigious title is a vindication of our commitment to innovative winemaking that builds on tradition; not bound by it but seeking to build on the generations of history and heritage that have built our company.”
TRIPLE THREAT • “Being trained as a chef he sees flavours to such a depth he can make sure he captures the absolute quality of every grape.”
SPARKLING of the year
ALTERNATIVE WHITE of the year
RIESLING of the year
SAUVIGNON BLANC of the year
PINOT GRIS/GRIGIO of the year
SEMILLON of the year
CHARDONNAY of the year
ROSÉ of the year
ALTERNATIVE RED of the year
PINOT NOIR of the year
MERLOT of the year
GRENACHE of the year
CABERNET SAUVIGNON of the year
SHIRAZ/SYRAH of the year
SWEET WHITE of the year
FORTIFIED of the year
BEST VALUE BUYS
styles • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
best of new releases • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
south australia • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
victoria & tasmania • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
new south wales • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
western australia • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
new zealand • THE BEST WINES OF 2020
best of NZ recent releases • BEST OF 2020 RELEASES
MOVING FORWARD - PREMIUMISATION, PREDICTIONS AND PRAGMATISM