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Waimea farewells Trudy and welcomes another award-winning winemaker to the fold:
Trudy Sheild, Waimea’s delightful long-term winemaker has given us a huge amount of notice and heads off for a well-deserved quieter lifestyle soon. Hamish Kempthorne has just started with us fresh from handling winemaking duties with Giesen Wines and Yealand’s Estate in Marlborough. He is looking forward to enjoying the lifestyle that Nelson has to offer with his young family. Waimea’s General Manager, Ben Bolitho was full of praise for both Trudy and Hamish. “Trudy has put her heart and soul into Waimea wines for 12 ½ years and has really helped put Waimea on the map. We wish her all the best in her new lifestyle and look forward to seeing what the next chapter ahead brings her!” At the same time Ben is very pleased with the appointment of Waimea’s new Head Winemaker. “Alongside his winemaking background and achievements (including recently winning the ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London with his 2013 Ridge Block Pinot Noir) Hamish has a background in music, skiing, windsurfing and cycling so we suspect will fit right into the Nelson lifestyle nicely!
Talking about the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London just recently, we were delighted to win Silvers and Outstanding Silver for Waimea Pinot Gris 2016, Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Waimea Pinot Noir 2015, Waimea Gewurztraminer 2015, Waimea Sauvignon Gris 2015, Waimea Classic Riesling 2014 and Waimea Chardonnay 2014.
We had some wonderful coverage by Hamish Anderson of The Daily Telegraph in the UK recently (circ: 498,474): “Waimea Estate Grüner Veltliner 2015, this is a rare convincing version of Grüner outside of its home country, Austria. Fruity with lots of peachy fruit and a great bite of acid.”
And still in the UK…we just love the BBC show Saturday Kitchen! It’s estimated that 1.2 million people watch this show and for the second time in as many years they have raved about the quality and food-matching ability of our Waimea Pinot Gris. This time it was with Tandoor flavours, and Jason Atherton was very excited. “There’s a delicacy to the flavours in Aktar’s dish that suits a gentler and softer style of wine, and so I’ve chosen another grape variety that’s great with Asian food, and that is Pinot Gris, it’s the Waimea Pinot Gris from New Zealand. This is mouth-filling and has just a touch of sweetness that will offset the heat in Aktar’s dish. The first thing to consider is of course those smoky tandoori lamb cutlets and they work brilliantly with this style of succulent off-dry white. The fresh acidity in the wine is in perfect tune with the invigorating zestiness of the pearl barley and the greens, and there’s just a hint of ginger on the finish and that really complements the delicate heat that runs throughout the whole dish.” Feel free to e-mail us if you would like a copy of the recipe to see for yourself!
And just to finish off the UK and Pinot Gris theme nicely is the recent news that British Airways has selected the Waimea Pinot Gris 2015 to be poured in their International First Class section later this year – a great coup and boost for the Waimea profile no doubt, what great taste those Brits have!
Finally, we all know how scores of 90+ help wine sales don’t we?! Waimea has just bottled a selection of their latest vintage wines so despatched pre-release samples to Sam Kim, a well-known wine judge and commentator at Wine Orbit for his early comments. Sam loves to be the first to review wines as he feels unencumbered by other journalist’s comments, wine competition results history etc. Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2016, Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Waimea Pinot Gris 2016, Waimea Albariño 2016, Waimea Pinot Rose 2016 and Spinyback Riesling 2016 all received scores over 90/100 so we are excitedly looking forward to see how these wines perform in the next round of international wine competitions.
As always, if you would like bottle shots, tasting notes, a copy of the Tandoori Lamb Cutlets recipe or full details of the reviews by Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.