One winemaker...many regions tasting.

One winemaker...many regions tasting.

We were fortunate enough to be hosted by John Forrest once again (at the excellent Rata restaurant) for a showcase of his "top of the tree" John Forrest "The Collection" wines. As John has vineyards from Bannockburn to Hawke's Bay, he really digs into each region to reveal the true "terroir". We sampled Waitaki Chardonnay, Wairau Sauvignon, Bannockburn Pinot Noir and much more...but the winner on the day was the stonking 2007 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon - deep, full, old-world earthiness, long, deeply fruited but very approachable - this is as good as it gets in terms of NZ Cabernet...