Queensberry Gardens 2018 Chenin Blanc, and The Lazy Dog ‘Sweet on Chenin’ and Gewurztraminer

11-Dec-2018

Dean and Diana Harker operate a vertically integrated wine producing business from growing grapes and an edible garden pantry, selling the fruits of their labour at their cellar door and restaurant in Queensberry not far from Cromwell in Central Otago. They produce the ‘Queensberry Gardens’ and ‘The Lazy Dog’ labels, the wines identical, but the former selling outside their property, and the latter from their cellar door.

Dean and Diana came back to New Zealand in 2005 to run establish and run The Lazy Dog restaurant next to Akarua in Bannockburn. In 2008, they planted 0.5 ha to 900 Chenin Blanc vines as ‘The Lazy Dog’ vineyard, along with their ‘Edible Garden’ and ‘Floral Garden’ at Queensberry. The Harkers expanded vine plantings in 2010 with their ‘Gerti’ block with Gewurztraminer, a little Chardonnay and a second clone of Chenin Blanc to ‘The Lazy Dog’ block, and then again in 2016 establishing the ‘Jack’s Prospect’ vineyard introducing Pinot Noir. This year saw more Pinot Noir and Chardonnay planted in the ‘Jack’s Prospect’ block, and the establishment of an on-site winery.

For next year, the Harkers plan to add Pinotage as well as more Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. The total plantings at present are 2.0 ha, with 0.5 ha of Chenin Blanc. 0.1 ha Gewurztraminer, 1.2 ha of Pinot Noir and 0.2 ha of Chardonnay. The wines are made by Dean with consultancy from Jeff Sinnott. Here, I review the new release 2018 Queensberry Gardens Chenin Blanc, and The Lazy Dog ‘Sweet as Chenin’ and Gewurztraminer. www.lazydog.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Queensberry Gardens Central Otago Chenin Blanc 2018
  • The Lazy Dog ‘Sweet on Chenin’ Queensberry Central Otago Chenin Blanc/Gewurztraminer 2018
  • The Lazy Dog Queensberry Central Otago Gewurztraminer 2018

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