Coopers Creek continues to lead with emerging varietals, this time with two Top Five results in Cuisine magazine’s latest tasting for a Gisborne and a Hawkes Bay Viognier, plus the leading Emerging White, with a Gisborne Chardonnay-Viognier blend.
Coopers Creek Vineyard has championed emerging wine styles for a decade now, leading the way in offering wines that are a little different from the norm. Viognier, Arneis, Grüner Veltliner, Malbec, Montepulciano and Albarino are an exotic mouthful in more ways than one, as wine lovers around New Zealand are discovering.
Following on to Trophy success at the Royal Easter Wine Awards and the New Zealand International Wine Show, the Classics Gisborne Viognier 2010 has plucked the top spot in Cuisine magazine’s latest issue. Awarding Five Stars, the judges described the wine as “rich, smooth and complete”. In addition Coopers Creek Select Vineyards “Chalk Ridge” Hawkes Bay Viognier 2011 secured a Top Five and Best Buy ranking.
The Emerging Whites tasting was led by another Coopers Creek wine, the Classics Gisborne Chardonnay Viognier 2010, also known as “Cee Vee”. This delicious blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Viognier was described by the judges as: “exuberant, fruit driven” and “very drinkable”. Both the Classics “Cee Vee” and Viognier sell for under $18 per bottle – exceptional value for such impressive wines.
Coopers Creek winemaker Simon Nunns notes: “With Viognier we’re seeking richness, weight, texture, stillness – all surrounded by a lovely circle of phenolics. When you get that the wine won’t be flabby. That’s what I think the variety should be all about. And I want more people to love it as much as we love producing it.”
Classics Gisborne Viognier 2010 - 5 Stars, Top 5, Best Buy
Select Vineyards Hawkes Bay “Chalk Ridge” Viognier 2011 - 4 1/2 Stars, Top 5, Best Buy
Emerging White Wines
Classics Gisborne “CeeVee” Chardonnay Viognier 2010
- 4 1/2 Stars, Best Buy