Foxes Island at Itch Wine Bar


I recently had the pleasure of attending a Foxes Island wine tasting at Itch Wine Bar in New Plymouth presented by Kelly Brown, sales and marketing and partner of John Belsham, the winemaker of Foxes Island wines.

About 30 or so wine lovers listened and sipped as Kelly, a dynamic and passionate wine marketer led us on a journey to Marlborough through six fabulous wines from the Foxes Island portfolio. More about Kelly here

The Foxes Island Wines Tasting Line-up

The Foxes Island Wines Tasting Line-up

John Belsham has over 40 years of wine industry experience, founding Foxes Island wines in 1992 to produce single vineyard, cellar aged wines, with a distinct focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.   

Nearly 30 years on, Foxes Island offers the widest selection of cellar aged wines on release in New Zealand.  His wines are sought the world over and the accolades keep coming. Read More about John here.

Kelly Brown - John Belsham

Kelly Brown – John Belsham

Wines tasted on the night were – (my tasting notes.)

Foxes Island Dry Riesling 2012
Pale straw, citrus blossom, lemony lime, tart acidity, juicy but dry as!

Foxes Island, Fox Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pale lemon tinged, ripe stone-fruit, green apple, soft acidity, integrated textured, long finish.

Foxes Island Estate ‘sur lie’ Aged Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Pale straw, hint of green, shy citrus nose, slightly yeasty, nicely texture, oily viscosity, complex, long dry finish – classic Awatere. 

Foxes Island Estate Chardonnay 2015
Lemon gold, nose of brioche, butterscotch, yeasty, ripe stone-fruit, peach, nectarine, textured oak influence, lively acidity, dry finish.

Foxes Island Estate Pinot Noir 2012
Med light cherry coloured, fragrant nose of red berry, plum, cherry. Ripe berry flavours underpinned with subtle oak, spice, fine tannins, well integrated, elegant wine.

Foxes Island Icon Noble Riesling 2015
Gorgeous lemon gold coloured, honeyed nose with concentrated apricot, peach and citrus, 200 gmL RS well balanced with plenty of fresh acidity.

Thanks again for a great evening Kelly and the team at Itch Wine Bar… enjoyed by all I’m sure.

More about Foxes Island: https://www.foxes-island.co.nz/

More about Itch Wine Bar: http://itchwinebar.co.nz/