Mudbrick Vineyard, Waiheke Island, NZ

The final stop on our Waiheke Island tour was Mudbrick Vineyard.  We started the tour with being handed a glass of their Sauvignon Blanc.  How nice!  (Per the site — Intense aromas of passionfruit, gooseberry and freshly cut grass. The palate is concentrated tropical and citrus notes with juicy acidity and a long polished finish.)

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We walked around and learned about the history, the grapes, etc.  While checking out these physical grapes, we were handed a glass of their Syrah.  The pepper notes were very present.  (Displays aromas of plum, blackcurrants, black pepper corns and camphor. The palate has concentrated dark fruits, liquorice and spice with plush round tannins and a long pure finish.)

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All this while having an amazing view!  Can I have a ride?  Apparently these swing by often.

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We finished off in the tasting room with a taste of the Merlot/Cabernet Blend.  Home run!  I knew I still had two cities to visit on my trip but I had to take one with me.  Wow, what a taste.  (Displays aromas of plums, cassis, dried herbs, pencil shavings and dark chocolate. The palate is refined and elegant with soft powdery tannins and a long classic finish.)  Side note, pencil shavings?  So many great ‘things’ you can add to wines.  Besides the pencil being far out, the fact that it’s a shaving.  Do you get the sharpener ready and compare?  Love being wine lovers.

New Zealand Wine and Beer Stop, Wild on Waiheke

As part of the wine tour we also got to enjoy some brew.  We stopped at Wild on Waiheke, which has the Waiheke Island Brewery and also the winery.  We primarily had the beer at this one but also had a sip of vino.

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For the wine we had a sip of their Sauvignon Blanc. A nice traditional one that you get from NZ.

For the brews we had quite the spread. We enjoyed a taste of all of them while hearing the history of the brewery and all about the brewing process.

-Baroona Original, 4.7% ABV.  Based on the German Kolsch style, the use of famous NZ grown Saaz B (Motueka) hops gives this beer its distinctive grapefruit peel aroma.  Baroona is brewed from 90% pilsner malt and 10% malted wheat and is top fermented. — nice and cris,p just like it should be.

-Whard Rf. Wheat Beer, 4.5% ABV.  Based on the Bavarian Hefe-Weizen style, brewed from a 50/50 blend of Pilsner malted wheat, very lightly hopped with Pacific Hallertau and fermented with authentic Bavarian yeast.  Like many classic wheat beers this product is unfiltered and has the authentic clove and banana aromas. — definitely had the banana, not good for me.  I like having banana flavor from the fruit or in some tasty bread.

-Matiatia Malt Beer, 7.2% ABV. Based on the new American Imperial Pale Ale style, this beer’s high ABV makes it perfect as an after dinner beer or nightcap.  The palate is rich and full with notes of toffee and chocolate, balanced with generous additions of NZ grown chocolate, balanced with generous additions of NZ grown Cascande hops for a lingering resinous finish — heavy, couldn’t take more than a sips.  Could taste what they said and definitely wouldn’t want it as a ‘main’ beer.

-Apple Cider, 5.5% — Brewed on site alongside the beers and make from Hawkes Bay Granny Smith apple juice and fermented with their top fermented ale yeast culture.  The cider starts fermentation at a high gravity and is then cooled down once it reaches 5.5% ABV.  This rapid halt to the fermentation leaves plenty of residual apple flavour and just the right level of sweetness.  The aroma and flavour are both full of fresh apple notes and a lingering finish. — pretty good!  And the sweetness is not overbearing.

-Hauraki Gulf Ginger Beer — non-alchohol.  ‘Nuf said.

 

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Another great place to check out.