13 Wines from Linden Estate
The latest Wine Club tasting at the Decanta Tapas Bar in New Plymouth was presented by Frank Heuser from Linden Estate – Frank has been part of the Hawke’s Bay wine industry “front of house scene” for 20+ years and joined the Linden team in 2013.
“Linden Estate is an award winning producer of premium boutique wines from the Hawkes Bay region. Established in 1971 by Wim Van Der Linden, an immigrant from Holland, and his wife Maria, the first grapes on the site were planted with the assistance of Sir Tom McDonald and McWilliams Wines, who helped plant approximately 12 hectares of Palomino and Riesling. Wim and Maria began making wine in 1979 and slowly started building their reputation, as well as the Linden Estate brand.”
“In 2001, Linden Estate was sold to a Canadian couple who were unable to maintain the reputation the Van Der Lindens had built. The present owners took over in 2006, with a goal of re-establishing the brand as a producer of quality wines. With a completely new and passionate team, our aim is to make premium boutique wine. Our hard work and attention to detail is key to growing exceptional fruit and, as a result, our wine achieves depth, richness and complexity with intense fruit flavours.”
Frank’s a great presenter with lots of stories, humour and knowledge of the Hawke’s Bay region and Linden Estate wines – he led us through a thirteen wine tasting (yes 13) which made for an interesting evening: the more wines tasted, the louder the group gets!
We started of the evening with an introduction and a blind tasting of the Late Harvest Gewurztraminer and gradually worked our way along the line with, as usual, beautiful tapas matched to some of the wines by the team in the Decanta kitchen!
Tasting notes for each wine were provided and Frank was extremely generous with prices for members on the night and some great prizes for a few lucky punters too.
Thanks Frank – we all very much appreciated your presentation!
Here are all the wines in order of tasting – Visit Linden Estate for more information and purchase wine online.
WHITE WINE FLIGHT
2015 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Pinot Gris
RED WINE FLIGHT
2013 Dam Block (blend)
2015 Reserve Syrah (not released yet)
A Muscat Port to finish