The 2010 NZ Riesling Challenge…

May 6th, 2010 | Posted by

Riveting action direct from the Sandihurst Winery cellar. Its the fermentation lock of Mike Browns Riesling doing its thing. This wine is part of the 2010 NZ Riesling Challenge. 12 Winemakers from around the country were invited to take part. They each received 4 tonnes of Riesling grapes from The Mound vineyard in Waipara and were instructed to make a wine in any style they wished. The resulting wines will be judged and then assembled to be sold as part of a mixed dozen. This is the first year in what is likely to become an annual challenge and further cement Waipara as one of the countries premier region for Riesling aficionados. The results should be very interesting especially with such a terroir sponge as Riesling. They might all be different in style but Im picking the Waipara terroir to shine through uniformly.   I believe there is a Twitter link and website/blog being started so keep an eye out there. Otherwise you can get updates from Mike Browns particular wine here at the Sandihurst blog or on our Twitter link @sandihurstwine.