2020 PRESTIGE COLLECTION

Wednesday, 8 June  |  Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinborough

 

THE VINTAGE OF 2019 WAS OF SUCH HIGH QUALITY THAT IT LED MANY TO SAY THAT IT WAS THE BEST VINTAGE IN LIVING MEMORY. PERHAPS THAT WAS THE CASE UNTIL 2020 CAME ALONG.

The winter of 2019 broke quickly, and immediately we were presented with above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall during spring in both Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa. Flowering conditions were near perfect, and the resulting berry number and bunch weights were in the average to above-average range across the board.
The ripening period in both regions was warm and remarkably consistent. The hills browned off without any significant breaks in the warm conditions, and disease pressure was negligible. Phenolic ripeness was achieved early and of particular note was how ripe the stems were in Pinot Noir in Martinborough and Syrah in the Gimblett Gravels. This would be critical in allowing more stem inclusion later at fermentation time.

It would be remiss not to mention the pandemic erupting right at the picking stage. However, we could not have wished for a more perfect season to negate this complexity. Chardonnay was taken into the winery early, capturing the natural acidity.

The Pinot Noir harvest began a week earlier than average with ideal sugar numbers, and the Bordeaux varietals and Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels also commenced a week ahead of average. From the outset, the concentration of flavour in all varieties was apparent. Intense colour, tannin quality, and lift of aromatics are also a highlight. But perhaps the greatest pleasure is seeing both the immediate expressiveness of the wines but also the longevity and narrative they will tell as they age.

A vintage that, side-by-side with 2019, will be considered the greatest back-to-back in our winery’s history. Truly one to celebrate.

– Julian Grounds, Chief Winemaker






Itinerary

We look forward to sharing the day with you. Please find below a general plan for your time with us in Martinborough.

Wednesday 8th June

Morning Arrive at Wellington Airport. Coach transfers to Martinborough arranged.
On arrival, please head to ‘Best Ugly Bagels’, located at centre of the domestic terminal, for a coffee & breakfast, to be enjoyed on the coach.

Midday approximate arrival to Martinborough
Lunch, from our friends at Clareville Bakery
Discovery & tour of Te Muna Rd Vineyard with Chief Winemaker, Julian Grounds and National Vineyard Manager, Jono Hamlet. Comfortable walking shoes & jacket are recommended.

Afternoon
Accommodation check-in – Martinborough Hotel

Late Afternoon
Transport to White Rock Retreat. Tasting of the 2020 Prestige Collection with Julian Grounds

Evening
Canapés & drinks, followed by a shared dinner prepared by Casey McDonald & his team

Thursday 9th June

Morning
Buffet Breakfast at Martinborough Hotel served from 8.30 am
Please be ready to depart for Wellington airport no later than 9.30 am

Logistics

Those traveling from Auckland will be accompanied by David Peabody and Vintners crew, Jake & Shakira.

Our meeting point is Best Ugly Bagels, located within the domestic terminal for those flying in from other regions. Help yourself to a coffee while you wait – and place your order on the Craggy Range tab.

Our Wellington-based guests – please arrive at the Wellington Train Station no later than 10 am – our coach will pick you up sometime between 10-10.15 am.

 

Auckland

Wednesday 8th June

Depart Auckland: 8.00am – NZ409

Arrive Wellington: 9.10am

 

Thursday 9th June

Depart Wellington: 1.45pm – NZ432

Arrive Auckland: 2.50pm

Tauranga

Wednesday 8th June

Depart Tauranga: 7.40am – NZ8265

Arrive Wellington: 9.00am

 

Thursday 9th June

Depart Wellington: 4.00pm – NZ8258

Arrive Tauranga: 5.15pm

Dunedin

Wednesday 8th June

Depart Dunedin: 6.25am – NZ680

Arrive Wellington: 7.40am

 

Thursday 9th June

Depart Wellington: 3.05pm – NZ689

Arrive Dunedin: 4.25pm

Christchurch

Wednesday 8th June

Depart Christchurch: 8.35am – NZ338

Arrive Wellington: 9.25am

 

Thursday 9th June

Depart Wellington: 2.35pm – NZ5363

Arrive Christchurch: 3:40pm

Questions?

Majda Falan | Marketing Executive, Craggy Range
majda.falan@craggyrange.com
027 279 2997

Georgia Limacher  |  Account Manager, Vintners
georgia@vintners.co.nz
027 568 0303