An interesting evening hosted by Michael Jemison, Macvine International. Michael displayed a good style while giving a good level of information during the presentation. However, the turnout at 32 was a little disappointing. Some great discounts offered for those who purchased.
The wines offered included; Ca Di Rajo 2013 Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG Millesimato Extra Dry; Yerring Station Yarrabank Cuvee 2010; Andre Delorme Terroir d’Exception Blanc de blanc NV; Kerpen 2013 Riesling Kabinett; Dumangin Brut le Rose Premium Cru NV; Dumangin Premier Cru Vintage Champagne 2003, and all rounded off with a Clark Estate Noble Pinot Gris 2011.
Our presenter Michael Jemison, Managing Director for MacVine, was a man who enjoyed telling great stories about his travels through the houses of champagne, particularly Michael’s favorite, Champagne Dumangin, whom de gorge the champagne on order, not in bulk.
Michael is well rehearsed in the art of conversation and spoke about each wine passionately and with great enthusiasm.
The Prosecco was Extra Dry meaning not sweet. Ah, Italians and their use of English, just love it. Being a vintage wine, 2013, I was expecting more.
The Yerring Station Yarrabank Cuvee was beautifully made – simple and elegantly made with friends from Champagne Devaux – 15/20.
From Burgundy, the Andre Delorme Terroir d’Exception Blanc de Blanc was bottle fermented in the champagne style with lovely yeasty extract and a gentle sweetness giving way to slight acidic undertone, very refreshing. Right up there with our methode champenoise – 16/20.
The 2013 Kerpen Riesling Kabinett has a hint of flinty minerality and earthiness on the nose. The initial hit of sweetness while not overpowering gave way to soft acidity which balanced well with food. For me, this wine was the star of the show – 18/20.
Dumangin Rosé and 2003 champagnes were both subtle in flavour with beautiful nose characters of yeast, apricot and lemon rind. A short finish left me expecting more – 16/20.
The wines overall were of quality befitting any Christmas lunch but several I’d want to keep to myself and drink in a quiet space to savor their complexities. If you do see any of these on wine lists, worth a try.
Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 –Directions
Cost: Members $20, Guests $25
Presenter: Michael Jemison, Managing Director
Background: Established in 1999, Macvine International is an importer and distributor of top quality, specialist wine from New Zealand and around the world. We also import and distribute Spiegelau glassware – one of the world’s top specialist producers of glassware designed for wine lovers. Wines for tasting:
2013Italian Prosecco – Ca Di Rajo Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene DOCG Millesimato Extra Dry – Actually bottle fermented and from the best region in Prosecco. It’s an off-dry style even though its say extra dry which in Italian mean off dry.
Australian bubbly – Yerring Station Yarrabank Cuvee – Made with the help of a French Champagne house so offers a point of difference quite smart.
French bubbly – Andre Delorme Terroir d’Exception Blanc de Blanc NV – From Burgundy hand is made the same way as Champagne last year would best sparkling wine in Cuisine Magazine.
2013 Kerpen Riesling Kabinett – Low alcohol which good fruit weight to refresh the palate
Emirates has unveiled details of its more than half a billion dollar “liquor investment” programme.
The airline says that on any given day, more than 60 different wines, champagnes and ports, sourced from vineyards in 11 countries, including New Zealand, are served onboard Emirates to passengers throughout their planes.
It has more than 1.2 million bottles aging in its own cellar in Burgundy, France, some only ready for drinking in a decade or more.
Champagne is the most popular drink in first and business class and by volume 51.5 per cent of Champagne aboard is drunk in the economy section.
New Zealand wines served inflight with Emirates over the past two years include; Cloudy Bay sauvignon blanc, Yacht Club sauvignon blanc, Metis sauvignon blanc, Amisfield sauvignon blanc, Spy Valley sauvignon blanc, Isabel Estate sauvignon blanc, Felton Road pinot noir, Rippon pinot noir, Craggy Range pinot noir, Peregrine pinot gris, Mills Reef Gimblett Gravels Reserve syrah.
New Zealand wines have featured in first, business and economy class on Emirates flights.
Emirates, which flies four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond via Australia, has a dynamic strategy of buying wines, and an intensive programme to secure the best vintages for future consumption by buying “en primeur” often before the wines are bottled and released to the market.
The airline’s experts hand pick and secure the wines served onboard.
President Emirates Airline Sir Tim Clark said that over a decade ago the airline moved away from the usual corporate procurement process and decided to take control of its own destiny.
“We could have taken the easy way out – just do the maths for how many bottles we’d need in each cabin class over a year, then put it up for tender. But with the scale of our operations, this would limit our choices as not many producers can offer the quantities we’d need, at the quality standards that we’d want.”
The airline has spent more than US$500 million on wine and spirits to date.
“Sure, it is a big investment. But wine and champagne will always be an important aspect of our onboard product therefore we take a long term view. It is simply part of our rigorous planning process.”
Besides wines, the airline serves 43 different spirits and 12 different cocktails.
The 30-year-old airline is one of the biggest in the world and has the largest fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft.
NZ Herald, Thursday Dec 4, 2014 – Grant Bradley – Aviation, tourism and energy writer for the Business Herald.
While numbers were a bit low for this tasting it was never the less a very enjoyable evening.
A supper was arranged for the evening and it was thought that this went well and had a good balance of items with the shortbread with champagne concept working well. The presentation had a good balance between John and Mac with lovely wines presented.
While this was a good evening for those who attended, the committee is conscious that the venue and types of wines presented may be possible causes for the lower than expected turnout. We will be seeking feedback from members about suggested formats for the festive evening at the next AGM – asking what do the club want e.g. higher priced wine versus more affordable wines.
Also we have used Advintage for three years now and it might be time for a change. We will be looking at alternative options for presenters, albeit we have had excellent support from Mac and Advintage.
To recap on the wines, they included:
Bubbles/Champagne; Bubbles by Lobetia, Squawking Magpie SQM Blanc de Blanc Brut, Champagne H.Garnier and Co. Brut NV, and Roederer Vintage 2006/07. Rose; Aronui Single Vineyard Pinot Rose 2014, and Rockburn Stolen Kiss Pinot Noir Rose Sweet wines; Buller Fine Old Muscat, Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado
Sweet wines – very cool, different options, exciting flavours Buller Fine Old Muscat Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado
The club would very much like to thank Advintage for their regular participation and generosity at our November tastings over recent years. We would love it if members were able to place orders to make it worthwhile for Mac to make this annual trip to Wellington.
Mac and JK’s roadshow was even better than the last two years. The tasting started with a quaffer Bubbles by Lobetia, a refreshing low-priced bubbles with citrus flavours – surprisingly good.
One of the most popular items sold by Advintage is Champagne H.Garnier and Co. Brut NV and Advintage are the only New Zealand provider of this finely beaded tipple with apple and yeasty notes from the wooded chardonnay – very smooth.
We finished the first half of the show with the 2007 Vintage Roederer. Subtle woodiness reinforced lightly toasty and vanilla flavours with a superb rich finish. As Mac says, ‘pay that little bit more and you’ll get that increase in quality you’d expect’ especially when comparing bubbly.
After a great supper we got into the rosé and sweet wines. As Mac says, ‘very cool, different options and exciting flavours’.
The 2014 Rockburn Stolen Kiss Pinot Noir Rosé was just as first remembered it back in 2010, candy-floss aromas with crème-brûlée and strawberry flavours. The committee provided Christmas pies and biscotti to go with the showstoppers, Buller Fine Old Muscat and Valdespino Pedro Ximenez El Candado.
The muscat, oh what a revelation, raisin notes with a rich intense molasses finish. This is truly a drink for anyone, even beer drinkers would appreciate the fine quality at an affordable price.
One last note. “After a brief hiatus, ‘JK’ has returned to his first love with a vibrant range of Hawkes Bay varietals. John has always made wines ‘with a big bunch of flavour ‘, and much like the man himself, these are generous, outgoing wines – full of character and colour.” – Go to Advintage for Big Bunch Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.
November bubbles 2013: Mac from Advintage with sidekick John Kemble
Date: Wednesday 13 November, 2013
Time: 8.00 pm start
Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.
Charge: Members $10 Guests $12
John (Mac) Macpherson from Advintage presented for the second year in a row. A change of format in that we are going away from the strictly bubbly theme of previous Novembers, however sticking to the festive theme. Mac was accompanied by John Kemble again which proved to be a lively night.
Look at the line-up. There was something for everyone here.
Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 30 Moorefield Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington 6037 – Directions.
Charge: Members $10 Guests $12 – Numbers are limited so please reply to Robin’s Cellar Club Newsletter & email.
Presenter: John Macpherson, Advintage
John (Mac) Macpherson from Advintage is presenting again. A change of format in that we are going away from the strictly bubbly theme of previous Novembers, however sticking to the festive theme. Mac is likely to be accompanied by John Kemble again so be prepared for an entertaining night.
Look at the line-up. There is something for everyone here.
Veuve d’Argent Methode Brut NV – Not from Champagne but produced by the team at Louis Bouillot in Burgundy. This sharply priced French Methode is delightfully fresh, well balanced and deliciously loaded with fresh apple and stone fruit characters.
Wines to be presented
Lake Chalice Pinot Rose 2013 – Advintage say that this it is clearly one of this vintage’s best Roses. Fresh and deliciously off dry with lingering strawberry and tangy citrus flavours.
Te Whare Ra Toru – A blend of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The previous vintage took out a prestigious TOP 5, FIVE STAR & BEST BUY spot in Cuisine Magazine.
Squawking Magpie The Stolen Chalice Reserve Chardonnay 2012 – Notes not currently available.
Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone 2012 – A Grenache/Syrah blend; In Advintage’s opinion Michel Chapoutier dominates the Cotes du Rhone market in the lower price French range and this glorious 2012 is, quite simply, extra-extraordinary value.
Two Gates Syrah 2011 –. Two Gates is a premium, organic focussed, brand from the proven Rod McDonald stable. Grown from fruit sourced from the original Two Gates vineyards, this is a superior Hawkes Bay Syrah that is built for the long haul.
Champagne Lanvin Brut NV – Notes not currently available, but a well-known Champagne.
Champagne Taittinger Brut NV – Taittinger is heralded worldwide as a Champagne of great finesse, elegance and understated power.
A great evening, thoroughly enjoyed by the many who attended with a polished presentation by John MacPherson, ably supported by John Kemble. A lovely selection of methods and champagnes which included:
Cuvee Loraine Blanc de Blanc Brut NV (Quaffer)
Villa Sandi il Fresco DOC NV
Quartz Reef Brut NV Central Otago
Roederer Estate Brut NV
Champagne Lanvin Brut NV
Champagne Lombard & Cie Brut NV
Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV
Champagne Louis Roederer Brut Rose 2007
The Club is indebted to Mac for his generosity in providing many of the wines without cost to us.
Stuff News recently ran an article on Advintage (10 September 2012) in the Dompost outlining the John (Mac) Macpherson and the Advintage story. Read the story here…
Irrespective of the history, it doesn’t get much better than this. We have enjoyed some great November bubbly tastings in recent years and this presentation promises to top them all
Many of you know John Macpherson and Advintage. Few members have not purchased a bottle or two from this outlet.
The following is a hint of what we might taste. There could be a couple of changes but the general theme will follow this outline. The links are to the Advintage website and provide detail of the proposed wines.
A French Vin Mousseux that Advintage are importing
Quartz Reef Central Otago
Champagne Lombard – from the same house as Lanvin but up the food chain
Champagne Roederer NV
Champagne Roederer Rosé 2007
John Kemble of Kemblefield wines along with Mac will present a winemaker’s perspective in parallel to a distributor’s perspective.
A light supper will be provided so be in for this tasting, and I’m sure it’s one tasting you won’t want to miss it.
Next event – Bubbles night with John (Mac) Macpherson from Advintage
Presenter: John (Mac) Macpherson, Advintage
When you’re a wine store based in the sleepy but ever-so-slightly pretentious Hawkes Bay village of Havelock North (pop. 10,000) and you ship thousands of cases of wine nationwide each month, you must be doing something right. Right? Read the rest for yourselves.
This promises to be one of those rare nights you will talk about to your friends and other members for years.
You will need to book for this tasting.
If you haven’t done so, do it now. Let Robin know by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cup Bubbling Over – the Advintage story
Next event, Advintage Nov 2012
Looking Forward – Bubbles and Dinner
Bubbles night with John (Mac) Macpherson from Advintage
From the Editor
Thank you everyone for sending in your responses for this month’s bubbles tasting and the dinner in December. We have closed the numbers for this week’s tasting and all that remains is for you all to come along and enjoy yourselves. There are still a couple of spots left for the Dinner if you wish to come or bring some guests. But you need to let me know ASAP.
Start time is 7:40pm for an 8pm start.
If you are attending either the November or December functions can I ask you to complete the attached form and bring it along with your payment to the November meeting. If you are only able to come to the December dinner, can you either send your payment to Wayne by the 26th November, or pay the money into the club bank account and let Wayne know [full details are on the form]
Recent research from the University of Reading has found champagne has the same health benefits as found in red wine.
Champagne contains polyphenol antioxidants, which are believed to reduce the effects of cell damaging free radicals in the body. In particular, these antioxidants slow down the removal of nitric oxide from the blood, lowering blood pressure and therefore reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Lead researcher Dr Jeremy Spencer says, “Our research has shown that drinking around two glasses of champagne can have beneficial effects on the way blood vessels function, in a similar way to that observed with red wine. We always encourage a responsible approach to alcohol consumption, but the fact that drinking Champagne has the potential to reduce the risks of suffering from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and strokes, is very exciting news.”
(Shall we assume that that is two glasses a day, not just two glasses ever. Despite this research I will continue to take my medicine in the form of red wine. – Ed)
What a great night. Numbers were a little down on previous November Bubbles events, but those that attended were rewarded with a top class tasting.
We kicked off with some stills from the “Doctor” series. The purpose of this series is to create pleasant drinking wines with a lower alcohol content. Something people can enjoy without being so concerned with the effect of the alcohol. Better health wise.
He then followed with three bubbles; Brigit, Doctors Remedy and Bubbles for Beth. All were pleasant, the Doctors remedy followed the lower alcohol theme, but the real surprise for most was the Bubbles for Beth. This was Syrah based and a red, but met with great approval. Members were more than pleasantly surprised that a bubbly based on Syrah was so enjoyable, a lovely drink to have over the festive season.
In the second half of the meeting we sampled a Duval-Leroy Fleur De Champagne, a Jean Marc Vigreux Frere, and a Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV. Brigit Forrest had arrived by this time and enjoyed the tasting with us. John provide comment on these wines.
A totally enjoyable evening was rounded off with a Forrest botrytis Riesling, accompanied by a rather lush fruit cake provided by Cecilia Parker.