Hospice Wairarapa 2011 Pinot Noir & Chardonnay Magnums

13-Jul-2012
The Wairarapa wine community has shown its support of the Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust similar to what has happened in many of the wine growing regions of the world. The most famous event occurs at the Hospices de Beaune in Burgundy where the proceeds of an annual auction of barrel lots go towards its upkeep and palliative work. In the Wairarapa, wine producers have donated wine to create 100 limited-edition sets of ‘Hospice Magnums' to raise funds to pay off the mortgage and purchase medical equipment for Te Kowhai House, the administrative base for the Hospice Wairarapa in Masterton.
 
Making the Hospice Wairarapa Wines
2011 vintage Pinot Noir wine was donated by a number of producers, blended and elevaged to make unique sub-regional representations. The 1.5 Litre magnums are a Martinborough Pinot Noir made by Larry McKenna of Escarpment Vineyard, a Gladstone Pinot Noir by Christine Kernohan of Gladstone Vineyard, and a Masterton Pinot Noir by Jane Cooper of Matahiwi. The set is completed by a 2011 Martinborough Chardonnay, tended by Paul Mason at Martinborough Vineyard. Each of the winemakers used techniques to express their interpretation of regionality.
Each of the Pinot Noir wines is comprised of finished wine originating from each sub-region, maturing in barrel. (The contributing wineries are noted in my reviews of the wines following.) The crafting winemaker took stewardship of the donated wines and blended them together, and giving them further barrel-aging to allow the components to integrate and harmonise. The total time in oak for each Pinot Noir was approx. 12 months, the portion of new oak used varied to suit the style of the wine. The blended Chardonnay includes fruit from some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in Martinborough. This wine was aged 8-11 months in French oak, depending on the parcel, with the wines generally going through full MLF.
 
Supporting a Noble Cause
The premier set Number 1 of ‘Hospice Magnums' was offered for auction at the end of October last year in a ‘bespoke vessel' designed by Carterton sculptor Sean Crawford and made of French oak barrel staves by furniture-maker Jeremy Bicknell. Long-time Hospice supporter Craig Oldfield was the successful bidder obtaining this work of art for $11,000.00. Set Number 2 was purchased for $1,200.00. The finished wines were launched at an event at the start of July this year. 15 of the 100 sets have already been sold.

The sets of Hospice Magnums will allow wine lovers and anybody with a connection with the Wairarapa to taste the differences of fruit grown in each sub-region. The magnum format will enable owners to be able to share the experience among a sizeable party, as there will be the equivalent of eight bottles available. The 1.5 L magnum format will also be favourable for cellaring the wines longer than the standard 750 ml bottle. Anybody who purchases a set of the ‘Hospice Wairarapa Magnums' will know they will be supporting a most deserving and noble cause.

The remaining sets of four Hospice Magnums are now available at $495.00 (including delivery). To purchase the wine or for more information about the Hospice Wairarapa, visit: www.hospicewairarapa.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Hospice Wairarapa Martinborough Chardonnay 2011
  • Hospice Wairarapa Masterton Pinot Noir 2011
  • Hospice Wairarapa Gladstone Pinot Noir 2011
  • Hospice Wairarapa Te Muna Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

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