John Hawkesby is a wine writer for Canvas Magazine.

Wine: Vintage statements

2010 Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2010 Black Estate Omihi Series Chardonnay.
2010 Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2010 Black Estate Omihi Series Chardonnay.

Wine people don't necessarily need to be funny, clever or articulate - we just want them to make fabulous wine at affordable prices, but here are some memorable quotes from 2012.

"We like to say in the wine trade that a magnum is the right choice." - Laurent d'Harcourt of Champagne Pol Roger.

"Wine isn't just fruit juice with alcohol." - Sam Weaver, owner and winemaker of Churton.

"Never believe a Bordeaux producer when he says this is the vintage of the millennium. What he means is he has a lot of it to sell." - Jean Guillame of Chateau Cos D'Estournel.

"The reason for my obsession and attraction to riesling is that I love to fight the good fight for the underdog." - Paul Grieco, New York restaurant and bar owner who famously serves only
riesling at his three wine bars during summer.

"The next decade for fine New Zealand wine is going to be the best ever and it'll show probably more with pinot noir than any other wine." - Craggy Range's Steve Smith, Master of Wine.

"Winemaking is a new job every vintage, it's Mother Nature who controls the vintage." - Keith Mugford, owner/winemaker at Western Australia's Moss Wood.

"Every year we send bottles to members of the Churchill family. We have no commercial agreement, we try to be discreet with that ... you're never going to see a newspaper advertisement." - Laurent d'Harcourt on Pol Roger's use of the name "The Sir Winston Churchill".

"Jesus only ever drank riesling." - Caption on front of T-shirt often worn by Mount Edward winemaker Duncan Forsyth.


2010 Valli Bendigo Vineyard Pinot Noir - $65
Another splendid wine from Central Otago's Grant Taylor. Excellent drinking now but will reward cellaring for a few more years. This is a big, rich, ripe and juicy wine with good concentration and fine tannins.

2010 Black Estate Omihi Series Chardonnay - $32
From a new range "Omihi Series", which aims to express the brilliance of various soils on the Omihi slopes of Waipara Valley. A single vineyard wine with plenty of punch, beautifully concentrated with a slight hint of butterscotch and oak.

- NZ Herald

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