12 September 2011
Kirkpatrick Estate Reserve Malbec picked to feature at The Cloud during Rugby World Cup
TWO Gisborne wines will be showcased at the Taste At The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront for the Rugby World Cup over the next six weeks.
Matawhero Wines’ 2010 Gisborne Chardonnay and Kirkpatrick Estate’s 2009 Reserve Malbec are among the 72 wines selected from 350 wines from all over the country.
Visitors to The Cloud can take a trip through the four food zones — seaside, rural, winery/orchard and urban and food is matched with wine.
In the rural zone is the most successful Malbec ever produced in Gisborne — the Kirkpatrick Estate’s 09 Malbec
Kirkpatrick Estate owner Simon Kirkpatrick says before he bought the winery and vineyard nine years ago, the Malbec wine was blended into the Merlot.
“We decided to keep it separate because it tasted so good. There were not a lot of single Malbecs produced then.”
Only three Reserve Malbecs have been produced — in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
The 09 reserve Malbec was worth waiting for. It won them their first gold medal last year and since its release has been the subject of many accolades.
The fruit makes up just .2 of a hectare of the Kirkpatrick Estate vineyard on the Patutahi Plateau making only six barrels of wine.
Grapes are hand harvested and the batch hand plunged four times a day.
Mr Kirkpatrick says the 2010 Malbec is even better than the 2009. All of it has gone into the “Kirky Signature Series” wines, recently launched for the Rugby World Cup in honour of his famous uncle former All Black Ian Kirkpatrick.
The wines were selected from a blind tasting of the 350 wines entered following invitations to all the wineries in the country, says New Zealand Winegrowers marketing director Chris Yorke.