Alexandra wine growers' new release drops snapped up at Central Otago event

Clyde "cribbie" Sharon White, with Caroline Russell and Liz Weaver, sampling Weaver Estate Wine's new release Pinot Gris ...
Jo McKenzie-McLean

Clyde "cribbie" Sharon White, with Caroline Russell and Liz Weaver, sampling Weaver Estate Wine's new release Pinot Gris Rose, at the Alexandra Wine Growers New Release Event, at Olivers in Clyde. The event this year formed part of the 10-day Down to Earth Wine Celebration.

Wine lovers sampled and snapped up new release wines from around the Alexandra basin at the weekend.

The Alexandra Basin Wine Growers' New Release Event is in its seventh year, and showcases over 50 new release wines.

This year it came under the umbrella of the inaugural Down to Earth event celebrating Central Otago wines. 

Angus Bradshaw, of Grasshopper Rock, at the Alexandra Wine Growers New Release Event, at Olivers in Clyde. The event ...
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Angus Bradshaw, of Grasshopper Rock, at the Alexandra Wine Growers New Release Event, at Olivers in Clyde. The event this year formed part of the 10-day Down to Earth Wine Celebration..

Angus Bradshaw, of Grasshopper Rock vineyard, said their vineyard - which was owned by five couples from around the country - launched its 2014 Pinot Noir at Sunday's new release event.

They had launched their 2014 range - which had been given five stars by wine writer Michael Cooper - because they had recently sold out of the 2013 Pinot Noir due to a "big" export order, he said.

"I think the new season's is up there with anything we have produced in the past. It is typical Grasshopper Rock. It's got good fruit, it drinks well young and it will improve with age."

The event attracted many loyal customers and wine lovers who returned each year, he said.

"The organisers do a brilliant job and Olivers is a stunning place to have it. We meet a lot of good people who like drinking our wine and Central Otago wine."

Clyde "cribbie" Sharon White was among the crowd of over 200 sampling new release wines.

"It is a brilliant day."

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Labour Weekend marked the opening of the first annual Down to Earth event. 

Event director Bruce McGechan said the hands-on celebration gave wine enthusiasts the chance to be immersed in interactive experiences only on offer during the celebration.

Many experiences guaranteed one-on-one time with renowned winemakers, he said.

More than 30 winegrowers were participating and there were "scores of experiences".

"Most have some form of wine tasting, and the reserves and great vintages are brought out alongside normal tastings...Bring your boots and raincoats, as well as your high heels and fur coats, and discover the vineyards, wineries and fine dining restaurants of the wider Central Otago region."

For more information visit: Down to Earth.

 - Stuff

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