The Date and Time: Wednesday May 10, 2017 1PM - 5PM
The Event: The Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour Toronto
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: the catalogue was loaded with data about grape varieties and sustainability, plus of course the distribution and prices for the wines.
The Quote/Background: From the American Association of Wine Economists came some interesting figures for export by leading variety in 2016: Sauvignon Blanc 181.94 million litres, followed by Pinot Noir at 12.17 million litres, Chardonnay (6.06 million litres), and Pinot Gris (4.71).
The Wines: I attended the Pinot Noir Masterclass led by Sara d'Amato, and folded in my scores with the show itself. I did not taste every wine.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir Martinborough 2015 $35 Select
-John Forrest Collection Pinot Noir Waitaki Valley 2015 $49.95 Abcon
-Saint Clair Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 Lower Waihopai Valley $34.95 PMA Canada
-Tohu Atwatere Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 $34.95 Connexion Oenophilia
-Giesen Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 $60 Charton-Hobbs
-Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 $39.95 Connexion Oenophilia
-Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough 2011 $49.95 +402651 Vintages Connexion Oenophilia
-Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer Marlborough 2016 +619475 Vintages
-Nautilus Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014 Southern Valleys +606913 $35.95
-Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 $24.95 Constellation
-Saint Clair Dawn Methode Traditionnelle Marlborough 2012 $49.95 PMA Canada
-te Pa Oke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Wairau Valley $29.95 Univins
-Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014 Wairau Valley $59.99
-Spy Valley ENVOY Johnson Vineyard Pinot Gris Marlborough 2014 Waihopai Valley +143644 Vintages $29.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Spy Valley ENVOY Johnson Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Waihopai Valley +429308 Vintages $29.95
-Te Mania Pinot Noir Nelson 2015 $27.99 Small Winemakers
-Esk Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 $24.99 Hobbs & Co
-te Pa Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 Benmorven $24.95 Univins
-Greystone Pinot Noir Waipara Valley 2015 $45 Noble Estates
-Mount Riley Limited Release Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 Gibbston $27 Kirkwood Diamond
-Akarua Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 Banockburn $39.95 Vintages Pending
-Paddy Borthwick Pinot Noir Wairarapa 2015 $32 Nicholas Pearce
-Sacred Hill Special Selections Helmsman Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc Hawke's Bay 2014 +175646 Vintages $59.95
-Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 +495010 Vintages $31.95
-Astrolabe Valleys Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 Awatere Valley $22.95 Rogers & Co
-Babich Black Label Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 +465963 Vintages $27.95
-Elephant Hill Reserve Merlot Cabernet Hawke's Bay 2013 $49.95 HHD Imports
-Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough $18.95 +734798 Vintages
-Thornbury Chardonnay 2015 Gisborne $18.95 +135322 Vintages
-Blind River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 $27.95 Wine Guru
-Blind River Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 $32.95 Wine Guru
-Lion Huntaway Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 $29.95 Profile
-Marisco The King's Legacy Chardonnay Marlborough 2015 +393694 Vintages $19.95
-Matua Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 $19.25 Mark Anthony
-Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut Hawke's Bay NV +163634 $21.95
-Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Rose Hawke's Bay NV +280172 $21.95
-Sacred Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 +490326 Vintages $21.95
-Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 Awatere Valley $24.95 Vintages Pending
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Clos Henri Petit Clos Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015 Upper Wairau Valleys $23.99 Charton-Hobbs
-Mudhouse Single Vineyard Claom 431 Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 Bendigo $28 Mondia Alliance
-Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015 Cromwell, Lowbrun and Pisa Valleys $38 Agent?
-Elephant Hill Syrah Hawke's Bay 2014 $34.95 HHD Imports
-Forrest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 $22.50 Abcon
-Spy Valley Chardonnay Marlborough 2015 Southern Valleys $22.95 Noble Estates
The Food: Daniel & Daniel supplied cheeses, charcuterie, breads, crackers, veggies and dips.
The Downside: we had 14 Riedel Pinot Noir glasses for the seminar; these large vessels were so close together on my tasting mat that I was nervous every time I tasted a sample.
The Upside: a good chance to see where the industry was today in its campaign for sustainability: 98% certification for all NZ wineries.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89