Waiheke Marketplace : October 24th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, OCTOBER 24, 2012 ISLAND businessnews WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE - PROMOTING LOCAL BUSINESS SUCCESS Advertising Feature The latest local NEWS, anywhere, anytime. Go to www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz and click on "Latest Edition" or www.waihekeproperty.co.nz Read your FREE Community newspaper Waiheke Marketplace in print and see the entire paper, plus back issues No Subscription. No Registration. Priceless. online for FREE! Estate has all the good oil Supreme accolades: Anne Stanimiroff and Colin Sayles have won the Royal Easter Show Supreme Award for their 2012 Rangihoua Estate Waiheke Blend extra virgin olive oil. Best oil: The 2012 Rangihoua Estate Waiheke Blend extra virgin olive oil won the Royal Easter Show Supreme Award, after coming top in the Delicate category, and a diamond jubiliee commemorative medal. A Supreme Champion Award at the Royal Easter Show is the latest accolade for Anne Stanimiroff and Colin Sayles at Rangihoua Estate. The olive grove presses several varieties of olive but it was its Waiheke Blend that beat every other olive oil in the awards. The Royal Easter Show attracts stiff competition from extra virgin olive oil producers from around New Zealand. The awards are judged at this time of year for oils pressed last season so they are fresh. There are three categor- ies -- Delicate, Medium and Intense. The couple are stoked their Rangih- oua Estate Waiheke Blend won the Delicate category and couldn't believe it went on to win the top prize. We've won many gold medals and many awards before at national and international levels, but we've never been supreme champion,'' Anne says. The olives were harves- ted from trees planted on the north facing slopes at Rangihoua Estate. Our trees were cuttings taken from original plant- ings at Stonyridge Vine- yard which was the first olive grove planted on the island,'' Anne says. Of course we still press their oil -- there's a special Stonyridge blend.'' Anne won't say what variety is in the Waiheke Blend as it's a closely guarded secret. But it will be available to taste at the Waiheke Olive and Arti- san Food Festival at Ran- gihoua Estate on Novem- ber 24 and 25, along with other olive oils from around the island. Our wines the toast of North Island challenge Vintage location: Goldie Vineyard was the venue for this year's Upper North Island Wine Challenge tastings which saw many Waiheke wines do well. Waiheke wineries did excep- tionally well with trophies and medals at the Upper North Island Wine Chal- lenge held this year at Gol- die Vineyard. The leader of the pack was First Growth Ltd owned by Luc Desbonnets. His Expat- rius Blend of 8, 2010, won both trophies at the 2012 Upper North Island Wine Challenge awards dinner at Old Government House. Mr Desbonnets, who is also the winemaker of the vines planted at several sites across the island, was on hand to receive the trophies for Top Red Table Wine and Kauri NZ, and Tonellerie Saury Best Wine Of The Show. Expatrius Vineyards are very proud to have received the recognition and awards especially given that these were our first release of wines, having planted our vineyards in 2006 with the clear objective of creating ultra-premium wines from our selected sites,'' he says. The awards we received have given me and my team a great boost.'' Obsidian Vineyard and Passage Rock Wines both received gold medals for their 2010 syrahs. Obsidian also gained three bronze medals for its Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2011, Syrah 2011 and Tempranillo 2011. Passage Rock brought home a silver for its Viognier 2011 and four bronze medals for its Magnus 2010, Reserve Cabernet 2010, Pinot Gris 2012 and Sauvignon blanc 2012. Soho Wine Co gained a silver for its Revolver 2010 and a bronze for its Soho Valentina Syrah 2011. And Goldie Wines was awarded five bronze medals for its Cabernet Merlot Franc 2010, Chardonnay 2011, Esslin 2010, Syrah 2011 and Pinot Gris 2012. The Upper North Island wine competition is spon- sored by the University of Auckland's Faculty of Sci- ence. Wines from Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty are eligible for the challenge. Gold medals were awarded to five wines, and silver and bronze medals went to 14 and 38 wines respectively. Gearing up for summer Wild on Waiheke is gearing up for summer and will be open seven days a week from 11am to 4pm from November 5. The popular vineyard, brewery and eatery is getting ready for the onset of the Christmas party season and Fridays and Saturdays are starting to book up from mid-November. Wild on Waiheke is at 82 Onetangi Rd. Booking is recommended -- phone 372 3434. Italian cheeses tempt tastebuds Simple pleasures: Te Whau Vineyard chef Marco Edwardes and Te Whau Lodge host Gene O'Neill enjoy some Casita Miro hospitality at an Italian cheese tasting. It was a case of Cheese? Yes, please,'' at Casita Miro last week when Italian cheese maker Massimo Lubisco brought samples to Waiheke Island. Casita Miro chef Justin Scheihing loves Massimo's bespoke Italian cheeses which complement the venue's Mediterranean ambience. He invited his supplier to the vineyard restaurant in Onetangi so other chefs and people in the hospitality industry could try them -- accompanied by a refresh- ing Miro Vineyard Rose.
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