A nice surprise was waiting for me in The New Zealand Herald today, with an article on the “Meet the Makers” vineyard tour that served as a prelude to last year’s Wine & Food Festival in Gisborne.
Justine Tyerman describes meeting the colourful personalities behind the Spade Oak, TW and StoneBridge wine brands, as well as her first impressions of the “flavour explosion” that is TW‘s 2010 barrel-fermented “Dr Rod Malbec” – named in honour of my late husband, Rod Bonfiglioli (who was known to one and all in the wine trade as “Dr Rod”).
Paul Tietjen and Geordie Witters (the all-important “T” and “W”) wanted to pay tribute to Rod’s memory in recognition of his infectious enthusiasm for the variety – particularly for the selection from the Pedro Marchevsky vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina, which Rod imported as source material on behalf of Riversun Nursery.
Paul planted “Dr Rod Malbec” vines as soon as they became available. The 2010 wine is the first commercial offering in New Zealand showcasing the new selection.
Read the story here, while the link lasts.