Welcome to Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

4.02pm, Saturday 16th July, Heartland Hotels Lounge, above the Forsyth Barr Stadium pitch, Home of the Otago Highlanders, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Welcome folks, or as the locals around here say “Kia Ora”. It’s the calm before the storm right now in Dunedin, New Zealand….. and we’re set to go with a showcase tasting for the Members of Forsyth Barr Stadium, the home of the Otago Highlanders rugby side. Our tasting class this evening is capped at 40 people, and we’ll be looking at 8 wines, each with a specially paired canapé……set to finish half an hour before the kick off in tonight’s sell out match between the Highlanders and the visiting Chiefs from Waikato up on the North Island. Here’s where we are…

We’re in Dunedin to start our two week Yalumba Rare & Fine tour of New Zealand, and we’re certainly doing in style tonight! Go Highlanders!

Oh, and by the way, on the the trip down to Dunedin on Air New Zealand last night, I read their in flight magazine, and look what made Bob Campbell’s wine column! Yep, that’s us with the Paradox Shiraz…..”as Aussie as Crocodile Dundee”… We’ll take that thanks! It’s a top Single Site Shiraz planted back in the 1920s in the ‘Moppa’ – the northern part of the Barossa Valley Floor that’s slotted north of Nuriootpa between Carrara Hill, the Adelaide to Sydney highway, and Truro.

Our good mate Richard Emerson has just opened his brewery about one hefty kick of the football from the stadium, and we dropped in there for a quick look on the way to set up for this evening – check it out if you get a chance…..the restaurant is fab, and the beer even better. Here’s a special seasonal one for seafood lovers…..actually steeped with local clams……

And…..I’ve already done a quick trip to the store to stock up on local treats like Pineapple Lumps – full of fruit juice, so technically an essential fruit group – with more to come!

Stick with us as we tour Aotearoa for the next two weeks…..Haere Ra…..that’s ‘goodbye’ in Maori folks……for now!

One response to “Welcome to Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

  1. Andrew Gibb Twist Club

    Hi Jane,

    thats a bloody good price for the 2010 fav of ours!!


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