The trade is invited the annual Flavours of New Zealand tasting to celebrate 200 years since grapevines took root in New Zealand.
Held on 16 January at County Hall, the bicentenary event will be better than ever before, from tailored seminars to focused tasting opportunities.
Wineries and their representatives will be making the nearly 12,000-mile journey to show off more than 400 New Zealand wines, so you’re sure to discover a surprise whether you’re reconnecting with your favourite producers or on the hunt for new gems. There will be wines from regions across New Zealand, including Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Nelson, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago.
Please put your name down at reception on the day to attend one of the tasting’s masterclasses. The themes and times are as follows:
10.30 – 11.15am Marlborough: Digging Deeper
Synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc, Ronan Sayburn MS reveals the lesser-known side of Marlborough, uncovering recent developments and new varieties. You’ll leave with a fresh perspective on Marlborough.
1.00– 1.45pm Pinot Plus
Discover what makes Central Otago unlike any other New Zealand wine region with Rebecca Gibb MW. Take the opportunity to explore its whites and the different expressions of Pinot Noir across the region.
3.00 – 3.45pm Hawke’s Bay: A new mission
Missionaries first planted vines in Hawke’s Bay in 1851. Nearly 170 years later, Rebecca Gibb MW reveals how the land shapes its modern wine styles.
There’s no need to book in advance for these masterclasses but guests can do so on arrival at the tasting.
In addition to the seminars, guests can take a self-guided journey of discovery at our self-pour points:
The Sommelier Sauvignon Selection
Sommeliers who have been to New Zealand on Sommit, the New Zealand Winegrowers sommelier scholarship, have nominated their favourite Sauvignon Blanc discoveries on the trip. This is a selection of stand-out Sauvignons theses scholars deemed perfectly suited to restaurant wine lists.
Chardonnay is grown throughout New Zealand and strongly reflects the country’s terroir and the huge regional diversity. A wide range of Chardonnay styles are produced in New Zealand, from fruit-driven and unoaked, to luscious examples with complexity, elegance, and a touch of oak. This tasting is a snapshot of the country’s varied interpretations of this versatile variety.
2019 marks the first plantings of vines in New Zealand and to celebrate the 200-year anniversary since those first plantings in Northland, a selection of wines from the region will be available to taste for the first time in the UK.
Register for the tasting here.