Monthly Archives: May 2014

South America and Fat n Sassy Project

There is nothing like a trip to a distant country and culture to get the mind really working, and last years trip to Argentina and Chile was a great opportunity for creative thinking. I gathered a group of close friends, three other winemakers, a wine retailer and Richard Brimer, legend photographer. We kicked off with the All Blacks playing Argentina at Le Plata, just out of Buenos Aires. Awesome atmosphere, especially where we were in the general admission area, mixing it up with the locals. From here we went back to the city for a late degustation dinner at Aramburu, a stunning restaurant in the seedy part of town called Constitution. Amazing food, wine and service, we had a very long evening enjoying the ten courses matched to South American wines. Sheer brilliance. The small independent winemakers featured strongly here, getting the thought process cranking. Here’s a few pics Richard took.L1070670L1070672L1070584L1070603

Advintage Launches ‘Fat n Sassy’ Chardonnay

This Thursday 8th May, online wine retailer specialist Advintage Wines in Havelock North are launching Fat n Sassy Chardonnay 2013. Owner John MacPherson is a self confessed Chardonnay nut, so he is very excited about this event. This hand crafted wine has already attracted scores of 93/100, 5 Stars and 18/20 by distinguished independent critics. That’s because its Fat. And Sassy! Beautiful Mendoza Chardonnay was fermented in French oak barriques and skillfully blended to achieve this rich, textured and layered wine. The natural acidity provides a long lingering finish with citrus hints. This is a seriously good Chardonnay at a great price, Mac will be dealing out at $19.99 a bottle. Come along for the fun, and a taste of a sensational new brand.

Chardonnay is king!