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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Vino Fino

Danny Schuster Presents...

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It was a welcome back to Christchurch for Danny Schuster. Now based on Waiheke Island, Danny still travels the world regularly, consulting to various wineries.We had planned to include the Californian Mondavi wines in tonight's tasting but events transpired that meant the wines could not be here on time, so we'll save those for another time. Danny has developed huge international respect over the years and his contribution to the development of the Canterbury region is well known.
Tonight we focused on wines he is currently involved with. Karikari Estate in the far north - it takes Danny 6 hours to drive there from Auckland and Cantina Olivi in Tuscany plus a local Waiheke winery, Jurassic Ridge.  

​It was great to have Danny back presenting the wines. He has such a wealth of knowledge and experience on the world of wine, yet still remains the 'likeable rogue' we know and respect.

Vino Fino

It was a welcome back to Christchurch for Danny Schuster. Now based on Waiheke Island, Danny still travels the world regularly, consulting to various wineries.We had planned to include the Californian Mondavi wines in tonight's tasting but events transpired that meant the wines could not be here on time, so we'll save those for another time. Danny has developed huge international respect over the years and his contribution to the development of the Canterbury region is well known.
Tonight we focused on wines he is currently involved with. Karikari Estate in the far north - it takes Danny 6 hours to drive there from Auckland and Cantina Olivi in Tuscany plus a local Waiheke winery, Jurassic Ridge.  

​It was great to have Danny back presenting the wines. He has such a wealth of knowledge and experience on the world of wine, yet still remains the 'likeable rogue' we know and respect.

Vino Fino

Vino Fino

Danny with the Olivi family in Tuscany

​Wines Tasted:
Pupitre Cava Riserva

A fully bottle fermented bubbly from the L'Arboc cooperative in Pendes, Spain. Established in 1919, they now operate from a large modern winery just south of Barcelona. This wine shows what fantastic value we are seeing from Spain at present. This wine is very pleasant indeed with a soft texture and a bit of yeastiness coming through. Danny doesn't have anything to do with the production of this wine. It was just a good palate cleanser to start with! 
Retail $22.99 Special $15.99

Cantine Olivi Orhora Verdicchio 2012

Located in
Sarteano,​ southern Tuscany, Olivi is a family winery to whom Danny is a consultant viticulturalist. They have 27 ha of vines planted with a mix of traditional Italian and French varieties on the La Buche estate. The Orhora white is 85% Verdicchio with the balance Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, mostly barrel femented and aged in older oak. There is a lot to like about this wine, with lemony, herby feel to it - good minerality and a reasonably weighty texture. This would be a fantastic seafood wine.
Retail $32.99 Special $29.99

Karikari "Octopus" Chardonnay 2009

Karikari is New Zealand's most northerly winery, located on the Karikari peninsula in Northland. Danny is their head winemaker.
This Chardonnay is a warm climate style, and reasonably old school at that.  A golden colour with plenty of oak and buttery creaminess in a 'fat' style. Naturally fermented adding a savoury charater. A satisfying wine. 
Retail $45.99 Special $39.99

Karikari Toa Iti Cabernet Franc Merlot 2009

Again an old school style with plenty of oak showing through. Seems a bit boney and lacking stuffing.
Retail $27.99 Special $24.99

Olivi Chianti Superiore 2011

A relatively new term, wines labelled Chianti Superiore must meet more stringent requirements (lower yield, higher alcohol content and dry extract) than regular Chianti. This is a blend of Sangiovese 85% aged in large 2,500l barrels with 14% Merlot aged in small barriques. Quite modern in style with lifted aromatics and a grainy texture. Cherry fruits, spice and a little bit of earthiness.  A very good Chianti.
Retail $34.99 Special $28.99

Jurassic Ridge Cabernet Franc 2009
A small (1.6ha) winery located on the West end of Waiheke Island. 100% Cabernet franc, this shows the red fruit and floral aromatics of the franc variety. Quite charming with a bit of herb and spice and plenty of time left for future development. 
Retail $53.99 Special $47.99

Karikari Pinotage 2008

Danny came to New Zealand via South Africa where he was involved in making Pinotage wines in the 1970s. His more recent involvement at Karikari has re-aquainted him with Pinotage. This is a big rich chocolately, tabaccoey monster of a wine with denseness and richness. No subtlety here, but highly enjoyable 
Retail $49.99 Special $43.99

Karikari Syrah 2010
Like the Chardonnay, a warm climate style and more Aussie than Hawkes Bay. Big ripe fruits with tar and bacon undertones. Fullsome with soft, feathery tannins.
Retail $57.99 Special $51.99

Olivi Tempore 2007

A "Super Tuscan", 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon - very lowing yielding fruit, hand harvested, hand selected bunches and berries, fermented and aged in French oak barriques. Oh yes, this is classy stuff! Dark fruits, a hint of coffee. Plush, almost luxurious on the palate. This is a very, very good wine.
Retail $66.99 Special $56.99