Kate has made an immense contribution in the 37 years since she tasted her first New Zealand wine, and was awarded the Sir George Fistonich medal in 2010, inducted as a Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers five years later, and last year inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.
Becoming Neudorf’s General Manager two weeks before the Covid-19 lockdown seems like “a pretty good hospital pass”, says Todd Stevens, acknowledging a few grey hairs from vintage 2020. He is also intent on upping the ante on Neudorf’s environmental credentials, using a new carbon assessment as a benchmark.
Paul Goodege thinks a lot about evolution, from the change in wines and vines at Boneline, to the ancient geology beneath them. Now he’s considering the evolution of their model, as Covid-19 crashes down on the restaurant trade they’ve relied on.
Villa Maria and Countdown have teamed up to encourage more Kiwi’s to plant wildflower seeds in their gardens and are highlighting the importance of bees to Aotearoa’s unique biodiversity.
The Covid-19 lockdown saw Domaine Thomson caught short of harvest crew until a team of friends and family filled the breach. It’s certainly a vintage to remember, “If a wine could speak of solidarity, gratitude and kinship, 2020 will be the wine to sit back and listen to.”
Vintage 2020 for Felton Road in Central Otago was a story about respecting the privilege of the lockdown harvest, the commitment of their team & some Kiwi ingenuity to make sanitiser from biodynamic brandy