Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave:: Dominique Petit
The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. At which was served the stunning 1928 vintage Pol Roger. Also attending was Odette Pol-Roger, with whom they had an instant rapport. A friendship of families which continued until Churchill’s death in 1965; and which is still as strong to this day.
Trollinger is an Italian / German red wine grape varietal which is thought to have been first cultivated in the wine region of South Tyrol and Trentino, Italy. But today is almost exclusively cultivated on steep, warm sites in the Württemberg wine region of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is primarily known under the synonyms Trollinger in Germany, ‘Vernatsch’ and ‘Schiava’ in Italian wine regions.
As a table grape the varietal is sometimes known as Black Hamburg, which is regularly confused with the Black Muscat, a varietal which is actually a cross of Trollinger and Muscat of Alexandria. While the grape is likely northern Italian in origin, the synonym Schiava is related to the Italian word for ‘Slave’ and may hint at Slavic origins.
I recently tasted the following selection of Chardonnay wines filled with character - crafted to be an ideal summer pairing with; bbq’d or roasted white meats, seasoned seafood and vegetarian cuisine. Here are a few brief words to describe my first impressions and the essence of each wine. All are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the summer months.
Mud House ‘Sub-Region’ Chardonnay 2015 + Matawhero Chardonnay 2015.
Jules Taylor Chardonnay 2016 + Bronte Chardonnay 2015.
plus the - Zephyr ‘Marlborough’ Chardonnay 2015.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.
Growing Region: Gisborne, New Zealand
Owners: Kirsten & Richard Searle
The team at Matawhero have been going from strength to strength over the past few years. Achieving success with consistent medals and accolades, along with gaining the respect and following of a large number of passionate wine enthusiasts across the country and even further afield. Chenin Blanc is one of the classic grape varieties of the world - though still slightly lost in translation here in New Zealand.