Last night I waited on a private party that included Perry Farrell. He was a genuinely happy and friendly guy just looking to spread love around. We served a 1995 Le Brun Servenay Grand Cru Champagne and a 2003 Clos Des Papes. Watching Perry's face light up in excitement when tasting these wines is something I'll never forget. He was also incredibly nice and shared a glass of each with me. Both wines were impressive in their own right.
Meet Chris, our Assistant Winemaker with winemaking in the blood. Chris grew up in the vineyard after his dad planted a ¼ acre of vines in their backyard on the Banks Peninsular near Christchurch. Chris’ family were one of the first to plant vines here and the winemaking is specialist and hands-on creating small volume, boutique wines. Chris has always had a keen interest in biology and chemistry. Winemaking therefore seemed an obvious career choice, the perfect mix of chemistry, biology and getting out and doing the job, in Chris’ words “not being stuck in the lab writing reports”. Winemaking also appealed because of the lifestyle, “you get to make a great product then sit back and enjoy what you’ve made”. Having grown up working in the vineyard Chris decided to specialise in the winemaking side of the industry. He took a year out from his studies to work with local North Canterbury winemakers #loangoat After completing his degree, Chris set off for the UK and worked a vintage with @hattingleywines making Methodé Traditionelle wines. He enjoys the excitement and the ability to influence the style of the finished wine. His favourite wines are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, coincidentally, the most common wines used to create Methodé Traditionelle. #teamdaytuesday#winelife#winemaker#nzwine#northcanterbury#waiparavalley#chardonnay#pinotnoir#methodetraditionelle#hattingleyvalley#hattingleywines