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Meet Dave Sutton, Winemaker at Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton Te Kano Estate

Dave Sutton is one of the driving forces behind the Lloyd family’s vision to create a sustainable estate that reflects Central Otago’s beauty and unpretentious quality of the land and lifestyle. As Te Kano’s Winemaker and General Manager, Dave not only crafts a range of premium Central Otago wines but has also been tasked to help leave a positive legacy for future generations of the Lloyd family.

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5 Wine Trends to look out for in 2019

Caro and Emily Sip NZ

FMCG Business Magazine asked us and other related industry experts to share the top wine trends for 2019.

Our predictions are now being featured in a special edition of the publication, the “FMCG Business Leaders Forum“.

Here are our 2019 wine trends and predictions…

Conscious Consumers

Natural Wines

Consumers are increasingly interested in where their products are coming from and how they’re made. Wine is no different and with growing consumer interest organic, biodynamic and vegan friendly wines are “naturally” popular choices.

Bubbles Blossom

Sip NZ Bubbles Day

Sparkling wines, especially Prosecco and Rosecco, will continue to grow in popularity here in New Zealand, turning the drink that has been historically reserved for celebrations into an everyday sip. Launches of small format bottles such as Moët Mini fuel that trend and offer a suitable new format to enjoy bubbles at different occasions.

Rosé is here to stay

Rose wine glasses

Once labelled a by-product, Rosé has come a long way with a huge selection of styles available in New Zealand to suit every taste and budget. Kiwis will continue to drink pink over the next year (especially on Rosé Day on 5 February!) and we’ll see more instgrammable wine-based cocktails and new packaging formats as Rosé unleashes its full potential as a lifestyle drink.

The rise of the wine-fluencer

Chel Loves Wine Chelsie Petras
Chel Loves Wine | Chelsie Petras

Peer to peer and Key-Opinion-Leader (KOL) reviews are becoming as important as wine critics’ thoughts on a product especially for younger consumers, especially in emerging wine markets. New Zealand’s wine influencer scene is in its infancy, but we predict it is going to mature over the next year(s).

New concepts pop-up

Events such as Pinot Palooza and the Urban Wine Walk are shaking up the wine event scene and are offering interesting new ways to taste wines and meet the maker. Exciting pop-up concepts will continue to emerge in 2019 and we are ready for it.

Bye bye trestle tables and laminated tasting notes. You won’t be missed!

5 Must-Sip Wines this Christmas

Christmas New Zealand Wines

We understand, trying new wines at special occasions can be somewhat daunting, especially if your guests love their vino.

We challenge you to mix it up a bit this Christmas with these 5 Must-Sip Wines that will not only please your guests’ palate but also encourage you to explore new varietals and styles this summer.

Spencer Hill Reserve Fumé Sauvignon Blanc

Spencer Hill Reserve Fumé Sauvignon Blanc

Time to explore, get adventurous and see new sights. This wine offers a new take on the emblematic Sauvignon Blanc.

So venture a bit to the region of Nelson for this lightly oaked, honey laced Sauvignon Blanc that is in full bloom. Tropical with vanilla and honey and that distinct Sauv Blanc nose, this will be sure to please all Savvy lovers on your list. 

Find out more about this Fumé here:  https://buff.ly/2BdhC4j

The Hunting Lodge Albariño

A heavy hitter with round luscious flavours, aromatic perfume and a cool all around character.

Well dressed in beautiful packaging, you will want to make friends with this wine this holiday season. 

Find out more about this wine here: https://buff.ly/2RIEUpu

Petal Rosé 

The holidays are all about giving, so not only can you give a bottle of this from wine away you can also support a small local winery from the Patutahi Plateau in Gisborne who is fairly new to the game. 

Soft and delicate, from the colour to the label on the bottle, this 100% Merlot Rosé entices you to branch out, and try a little bit pinkly different. 

Find out more about this wine here: https://buff.ly/2Ea0Ohp

Te Kano Blanc de Noir

You like Pinot, it’s summer… you have a new wine to try! This wine has a lot of structure like a Pinot but is refreshing and simple to drink.

Pair it with some delectable blue cheese and crackers and your deck will soon be calling you to put up your feet.

Find out more about this festive Sip here: https://buff.ly/2Edmp8C 

Leveret IQ Rosé

Leveret IQ Rosé

Bubbles make everyone happy and this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. A beautiful blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier it is full of strawberries and cream dusted with rose petals.

Round in the mouth and perfect for that holiday toast that you know you have to do… get out the cheeses, appetisers and Christmas cheer and it will feel a lot like Christmas! 

Found out more about these festive bubbles here: https://buff.ly/2ASwFQr

Meet Alice Rule, maker at 3Sixty2

Alice 3Sixty2

I’ve got a love-hate relationship with Instagram and recently read the perfect quote, well on Instagram of course: “Sometimes, when I’m feeling really overwhelmed, I like to sit back, take a deep breath, make a list of everything I need to do and then spend 3-4 hours looking at photos of complete strangers on Instagram!” It still makes me laugh really… Read More

Untitled Q&A with Lee Winston

Untitled Wines

Innovation in a very traditional category such as the wine industry is often as simple as wrapping some paper around a bottle or offering a wine in a different format size.

But some makers, such as Lee Winston, who is the founder and maker of the exciting, new Untitled range, are a bit more daring and are switching up what’s in the bottle, offering a white, pink and red blend. Read More