Volcanic Hills – Erupting on the Scene

23-Feb-2012

Volcanic Hills is a relatively new label that has appeared on the scene with a burst. The Sauvignon Blanc 2010 took No.3 spot in Cuisine's tasting of Sauvignon Blanc of that year. It is the brainchild of Brent Park and Sean Beer who met when working as winemakers at Delegats. They conceived the idea of a ‘virtual' winery, not owning any vineyards or plant, but buying lots of fruit from various regions around the country and renting winery space to make the wines. It's a model of minimal capital input, and great efficiency, and one that has become popular around the world. To date, the portfolio has included Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, Hawke's Bay Chardonnay and Central Otago Pinot Noir, beginning with 2009 whites and 2008 reds. With a production of around 1,500 cases, it's extremely manageable and in reality all about lifestyle, hands-on involvement for the families, and no doubt, fun. The name Volcanic Hills refers to the inspirational peaks such as Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Rangitoto, that are part of New Zealand's geology and geography. www.volcanichills.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Volcanic Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  • Volcanic Hills Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

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