The Hospice Wairarapa Wine Auction and Food Fiesta, held a fortnight ago on Saturday 29 October raised funds exceeding the $100,000 target set to help pay off the mortgage and purchase medical equipment for Te Kowhai House, the administrative base in Masterton. The net proceeds may surpass $110,000, bringing the total raised to over $400,000 since the biennial event began in 2007.
The top lot of the night, a personalised trip for two to Portugal, visiting and staying with famous Port producers brought $23,000 towards the goal. A set of four magnums of 2009 premier cru burgundy made for the famous Hospices de Beaune reached $4,500, a Penfolds ‘Grange’ 1991 over $1,500 and a Ch. d’Yquem 1996 Sauternes over $1,000.
On this night, Hospice Wairarapa launched 100 numbered and signed limited-edition sets of Hospice magnums, each with four 1.5 Litre bottles of 2011 vintage wine: a Martinborough Pinot Noir made by Larry McKenna, a Gladstone Pinot Noir made by Christine Kernohan, a Masterton Pinot Noir by Jane Cooper’ and a Martinborough Chardonnay by Paul Mason. Each of the wines is designed to showcase the terroir of each region.
The premier set Number 1 was presented for auction in a ‘bespoke vessel’ designed by renowned Caterton sculptor Sean Crawford and made of French oak barrel staves designed by master furniture maker Jeremy Bicknall to house the four Hospice Wairarapa magnums. This lot went to long-time Hospice supporter Craig Oldfield for $11,000. The wine is undergoing elevage in barrel now, and will be available en primeur in April 2012. The Hospice Wairarapa magnums have still to have their en primeur release price set. This and the details for procurement procedure will be announced in due course.
For more information about the Hospice Wairarapa, go to the website www.hospicewairarapa.co.nz