2013 EASTER NEWSLETTER
Happy Easter everyone and welcome to the first newsletter for 2013. It has been a busy few months with lots of interesting things to report as we roll on in to Vintage 2013.
STOP PRESS -28 MARCH 2013 – THE FIRST CHURTON PINOT OF THE SEASON WAS PICKED THIS MORNING AS THE MOON SET AND THE SUN ROSE CHECK FACEBOOK FOR PHOTOS!!
WINERY UPDATE FROM SAM
Earlier this month we bottled the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and it is now gracefully relaxing in bottle before the annual Winter Solstice release date of June 21 where it will be released along with the Pinot Noir 2011 (which has been safely tucked away ageing in bottle since September last year) . The new barrels are ordered and about to be delivered. The 2012 Pinot has had its first racking. It’s looking very lovely, soft and silky with beautiful tannins and fruit. The 2012 Abyss is showing impressive depth and integration. The 2012 pinots now wait peacefully through the winter months in older barrels before bottling early spring.
HAPPENING IN THE VINEYARD
The nets are on, ‘Hamilton” the scarecrow is up, bird scaring is in full swing and the grapes are ripening nicely. As in all years, we are aiming to pick as much as possible on Fruit and Flower Days in the biodynamic calendar.
For a full vineyard report from Ben – see his latest blog.
IN THE PRESS
• Sam’s letter published in World of Fine Wine Magazine March Edition
• Churton mentioned in Curtis Marsh’s “Wandering Palate” blog
• Churton ‘The Abyss’ Pinot Noir in Tim Atkins top 50 New Zealand Pinot Noirs and being showcased at Prowein.
• Churton Pinot Noir 2010 and Sauvignon Blanc 2011 featured in Metro Magazine – Top 100 Wines for Summer with both wines in the Top Ten!
• Bill Zacharkiw – The Montreal Gazette – Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
IN THE MARKET
Sam visited Tokyo and Osaka where he participated in the New Zealand annual shows. He also worked with our agent Berry Brothers & Rudd in the local trade.
He finished his visit at a traditional Onsen – Japanese Hot Baths – no photos available….
In Hong Kong Sam presented a Biodynamic Seminar as well as working in the trade. Churton is now the first New World wine to be poured by the glass at Petrus at the Shangri La in Hong Kong.
PINOT NOIR 2013
From January 28-31 Churton participated in the third, tri annual Pinot Noir 2013 conference in Wellington.
110 Pinot Noir producers (showing 300 wines from 8 regions around New Zealand) gathered with hundreds of delegates from New Zealand and overseas alongside the Wellington Waterfront for an action packed and informative three days.
Delegates included media, trade, sommeliers, international influencers /gatekeepers, all eager to immerse themselves in all things Pinot Noir.
The weather during the week at Pinot 2013 at the Wellington Waterfront was absolutely beautiful, so much so that several brave winemakers and journalists threw themselves off the diving platform into Wellington Harbour for the “International Dive Bomb Competition”.
Some wonderful food and quite a bit of very fine Pinot Noir were consumed by all. We met lots of very nice people from all around the World and New Zealand. A great chance to network and build the whisper about how good the Churton Pinot Noirs are. One of the great things that this Pinot Noir conference showed was how good in general the Marlborough wines are. Consistent in quality and the really good ones have great tannin balance and length.
THE INAUGURAL PINOT NOIR SAFARI
On Saturday 2 February 30 hardy souls (including 4MW’s and a Master Sommelier) took part in the Pinot Noir Safari.
This is an off-road, four wheel drive tour through the high country Pinot Noir vineyards in Marlborough, with two river crossings and plenty of tastings along the way… Starting in the Awatere Valley, the intrepid team made their way along the hillsides of the Awatere fording rivers and streams and ending up at Churton in the hills above the Waihopai Valley. The objective was to demonstrate those hillside vineyards and terroirs that are turning out great wines and which are not normally accessible to visitors. This will be the first of many such events.
TASTINGS HOME AND AWAY
Mandy showed Churton at the New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting in London at Lords Cricket Ground just as the English Cricket Team kicked off in New Zealand. Oh – the cricket!
Sam shared his insights into farming the Churton property biodynamically and showed Churton alongside some very fine old world examples at a Biodynamic Seminar at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington
He led a similar seminar at the Grand Hyatt’s Grissini restaurant in Hong Kong. This was a great opportunity to present both Churton wines and biodynamics to both journalists and key sommeliers. There was keen interest and underlines the authenticity and real terroir differences of our wines.
Sea Change – Andrea Kerwin has moved on after 6 years in the Administration Manager role at Churton. Andrea and her husband and three children have moved to Nelson and are now operating a Sea Kayaking adventure company in the Abel Tasman National Park. Julie Taylor joined us earlier on this year as Marketing and Communications Manager. Julie is responsible for the website, this newsletter, sales support and point of sale, Facebook and twitter among other things. Julie has over fifteen years’ experience in the wine industry in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Julie lives in Renwick with her husband Bruce. For all your sales support material or stockist information feel free to send Julie a message to zn.oc.seniw-notruhcnull@eiluJ
With Best Wishes to you all as we leap into Vintage 2013 Sam, Mandy, Ben, Julie and the Churton team