Nelson New Release Tasting Event

Iconic Spring Event Will Showcase the Best of Region’s New Wines

The Nelson New Release Tasting Event is a chance for local wine lovers to sample the best of the region’s newly released wines before they even hit the shelves.

Now in its seventh year, the iconic spring event organised by Wine Nelson (formerly Nelson Wineart) takes place at The Boathouse, Wakefield Quay, Nelson on Tuesday 30 September 2014 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.  This year’s event brings together 20 family vineyards and over 100 exquisite wines. Wine lovers will be able to enjoy fine wine, gourmet nibbles and live music on the deck as the sun sets.

Neudorf winemakers Todd Stevens and Simon McQuire checking the Pinots they will be pouring at the Nelson New Release Tasting event on 30 September 2014

Wine Nelson Marketing Manager Andrea McLeay says it’s a chance for locals to meet the people behind their favourite wine labels and chat with them about their new releases.

“We recognise that local people are some of our best customers and we want to give them the chance to sample these new wines first.  It really is a unique opportunity to sample the majority of Nelson’s new releases under one roof,” she says.

Local wine lovers will be able to taste some of New Zealand’s best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and aromatics, including lesser known and interesting varieties such as Gruner Veltliner.

Judy Finn of Neudorf Vineyard says the Nelson New Release Tasting is always an exciting time for wine producers. “It’s a great chance for local producers to taste each other’s wines, meet the people who will be serving them in restaurants and meet with the public.  It’s a great opportunity to see what everyone has made of the vintage.  It’s like a great cocktail party really – everyone’s tasting wine, talking and comparing notes.”

Winemaker Shane Munn and Salesperson Chrissie Sanders from Woollaston Estates at the 2013 Nelson New Release Tasting Event.

Neudorf Vineyards will have their Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Viognier available for tasting at the event.  Judy Finn says that 2014 was a very “generous season”. “We thought the fruit from 2014 was very supple, very unctuous.  It wasn’t a lean year.  I think the wines, will be well received.  It wasn’t a challenging vintage.  The wines are quite fruity, ripe and generous.”

Entry to the Nelson New Release Tasting Event is by ticket only, available online through Tickets are limited and cost $35. This includes gourmet nibbles, live music and the opportunity to taste through the wines.

The wineries represented at this year’s event will be: Aronui Wines, Blackenbrook Vineyard, Brightwater Vineyards, Greenhough Vineyards, Harakeke Farm, Kahurangi Estate, Kaimira Estate, Kina Beach Vineyard, Kina Cliffs Vineyard, Middle Earth Wine, Milcrest Estate, Moutere Hills Winery, Neudorf Vineyards, Richmond Plains Organic Wines, Rimu Grove Winery, Riwaka River Estate, Sea Level Wines, Seifried Estate, Te Mania Wines, Waimea Estates, Orinoco Wines and Woollaston Estates.

For more information please contact:
Andrea McLeay
Wine Nelson Marketing Manager
Mob: 022 101 8672

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