Queensberry 2014 and The Lazy Dog 2013 Central Otago Chenin Blanc

Growing their hospitality ‘The Lazy Dog’ venture, Diana and Dean Harker set up a vineyard, restaurant, cellar door and garden complex by purchasing a 6 ha block on Queensberry Ridges Station on the Cromwell-Wanaka Highway in 2008. Planting 782 Chenin Blanc and 266 Gewurztraminer vines, the Chenin Blanc first cropped in 2011, with the Gewurztraminer this 2014 vintage. The wines have been made by Deb Cruickshank in her Cromwell winemaking facility. I saw potential with The Lazy Dog Chenin Blanc 2011 (click here to see my review).

Diana and Dean have made progress, becoming nearly self-reliant at their cellar door and bistro, and pressed their first olive oil. They’ve become more hands-on with the viticulture and commissioned Jeff Sinnott to take over the winemaking with the 2014 employing the Maude winemaking facility as the wine volumes have grown. With 2014, has come their new label, ‘Queensberry’, which supports the growing Queensberry winegrowing district which has four vineyards – their own ‘Lazy Dog’, ‘Fishhook’, ‘Two Degrees’ and ‘Archangel’. For 2015, they intend to extend the Chenin Blanc variants to have the ‘Queensberry’ wine supported by a sweeter style called ‘Sweet on Chenin’ and a blend with their Gewurztraminer to be named ‘Clutha Chenin’. It is wonderful seeing a venture with a difference grow.

Here, I review The Lazy Dog Chenin Blanc 2013, made by Deb Cruickshank assisted by Jeff Sinnott, and the Queensberry Chenin Blanc 2014, made entirely by Jeff Sinnott. www.lazydog.co.nz


  • The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2013
  • Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2014

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