8.52am, Gate 18 Christchurch Airport, South Island, New Zealand
Weather check – overcast and 3 degrees C – better than the -6 degrees C yesterday as we walked across the Tarmac at the Invercargill airport to catch our baby plane to Christchurch.
Well Christchurch, it was fab being in town, even though it wasn’t even technically for a whole day! It was still long enough to catch up with our folks who look after us so well on the Canterbury Plains – Ju Mannering and Bruce Smith – have lunch with some of the local trade at the brand spanking new and awarded only the night before last ‘Best new establishment in Christchurch’ – Boo Radley’s. Yes – that would be the speakeasy style bar and food above Tequila Mockingbird. The Deep American South style feel, food and liquor shelf at Boo Radley’s is no accident, considering that one of the owners – Hollis Giddens – is a Mississippi native now living and working with husband Brett in Christchurch…….and it was just the spot for us to slide into town with our new releases and show them off with some fabulous ‘down home kiwi style’ cooking.
The boys in the engine room where all the deep fried and slow cooked magic happens….Paul and Noel
But I’m getting ahead of myself….first it was a stand up look at 6 of our new releases, including the 2012 Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier – velvet smooth and elegant, and dare I say it – our ‘metro sexual pretty’ shiraz from the cooler Eden Valley high country, in contrast to the ‘burlier’ more robust richer Shirazes from the Barossa Valley floor