So here I am day after day working in one of the most elite duty-free wine & spirit shops in the world – it’s a hard life for a 25year old Kiwi girl to handle. At any time I can go and caress a bottle of 1947 Petrus or Cheval Blanc, or why not snuggle up close to the DRC Romanee Conti 2005 at a mere US$28k. Being the only Kiwi on the team I am a strong advocate for my home-grown wines and will never back down to a discussion between how good our Sauv’s or Pinot’s are compared to their French, American or other counterparts.
So yesterday as I was utilising the ‘Google machine’ I came across some super proud and well deserved credit to the Kiwi wine industry – and of course I couldn’t help but brag to all my colleagues.
A blind tasting was recently held in California to find the ‘Worlds Top 20 Pinot Noir’s’. There is nothing like a good old blind tasting to really show how that beautiful purpley red liquid measures up despite how one can market a wine (ahem.. Jay-Z… cough cough).
So who ended out on top? Why of course it was the home-grown Kiwi ‘1998 Martinborough Vineyard Reserve Pinot Noir’. One of its rivals was the DRC La Tache which retails at an estimated US$5,500 – phewww… and with MVs at only $200 a bottle with a guarantee of tastiness I definitely know which one I would opt for. The brilliance to this is, you can have the best Pinot in the world and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s too. Oh la la.