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Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc

Richmond Plains has won the Trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition.

Our Sauvignon Blanc 2011 was awarded the Trophy ahead of other top gold medal winning wines from around the world.  This is also the first New Zealand organic and biodynamic wine to be awarded this major honour at this show.

We were very excited to be awarded a Gold Medal and to be selected as one of the top 100 entrants to this show (which is limited to 2000 entries from around the world) as well as being awarded a Blue Gold for excellence in food and wine matching.  Wining the Trophy is certainly the icing on the cake.

The Sydney Show differs from many as it not only awards the best tasting wines, they are also judged to find out which wines best match food.  The Blue Gold is awarded for food matching.  The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Celebrity Chef Michael Manner's goats curd tartlet with asparagus and herbs.

Read more in this article.

A Twist on the Aging Question

Click on this link to read this interesting article by Harwey Steiman.

Richmond Plains wines on Clean Green Living site

On the interesting site of Clean Green Living (www.cleangreenliving.blog.com) has been published a couple of reviews of our wines. To read it click on this link.


Richmond Plains in another New Zealand scoop

Richmond Plains wines in another New Zealand scoop has just released the 2011 Monarch Rosé in New Zealand’s lightest 750ml glass bottle. Weighing in at a mere 325 grams and at just over 1kg full of wine – it’s lighter than some other bottles empty!

It has been a big challenge to find suitable lightweight bottles in New Zealand. The lightest bottles we have been able to use previously  were 40% heavier. So these really do make a big difference to the environment and our global footprint. The bottles are 20 mm shorter which means it is possible to stack more cases onto a pallet and fit more into a container. Taking fewer resources to produce and transport, reducing fossil fuels consumption significantly.  They are also much lighter for to handle with a case weighing 1.5 kg less at just 13kg.

Our Richmond Plains Monarch Rosé is named after the Monarch Butterfly.  The presence of butterflies like frogs is a measure of the health environments around the world. Butterflies are found throughout our vineyard and are symbolic of the care we take in looking after the environment as we work with nature to produce lovely wines that are good for you and the planet.  Richmond Plains sponsors the New Zealand Butterfly Trust which aims to protect and encourage people to look after such beautiful insects and the environment  (www.monarch.org.nz).

Golden double dip!

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has been awarded both a Blue-Gold and a Top 100Gold at the prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition.

The Sydney International Wine Competition is Australia’s top wine competition.The Top 100 Gold recognises the special quality of the wine as well as selection as one of  the best gold medal wines entered in the competition across all classes.

Gold medal winning wines are also assessed on their compatibility with food for which Blue Gold medals are awarded. Wines are assessed by a panel of fourteen judges from Australia, New Zealand, and the UK which included six Masters of Wine. The show’s popularity means entries for this competition are capped at 2,000.The full results of the 2012 competition, including Trophy Winners, will be announced at the Presentation Banquet in Sydney on Saturday 25 February 2012.

Grape-vine sculpture exhibition

Richmond Plains and Te Mania Wines, in partnership with Arts Council Nelson, have launched what is thought to be New Zealand's first grape-vine sculpture exhibition with the aim of creating a range of affordable art works, including a giant rugby ball, for cup visitors. Read more about it in this article.

The winning cut

Kris Cumpstone Vineyard Manager at Richmond Plains proved he was a cut above the rest winning the Nelson region Silver Secateurs grape vine pruning competition, held on Saturday July 30th. 

Points are awarded for technique, quality of work done and speed.  “I wasn’t the fastest but scored highest overall, winning on the quality of work done” said Kris.

“The key to good vineyard management is balance”, says Richmond Plains owner Lars Jensen.   “Kris prunes our vines so that they produce just the right amount and quality of fruit to make great wine.  In an organic vineyard like ours we look for balance by working with nature.”

Kris will fly to Auckland to compete in the national Silver Secateurs competition in Auckland at Bragato, the national grape growers conference in late August.  He will be competing against regional winners from all over New Zealand for the honours and prizes. For winning the Nelson competition Kris received a Bahco grape vine pruning equipment prize package courtesy of Fruitfed Supplies to use at the nationals.

Back to nature at Richmond Plains

Click on this link to read this interesting article by Deborah Walton-Derry and Peter Morice.

Richmond Plains backs up golden medals with trophy in Hong Kong

Hot on the heels of hearing that Richmond Plains won two of the first ever gold medals awarded to organic wines at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2011, the competition has just announced the Nelson producer as the trophy winner for Best of Show Organic & Biodynamic wine!

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2010 has just been awarded the    inaugural Best of Show Organic & Biodynamic trophy at Asia’s most prestigious wine competition.

On top of this, the wine also won a gold medal as Gentlemen’s Favourite, where the male judges’ award their preferred wines over all categories.

Richmond Plains also won a gold medal for the Chardonnay 2009, while Richmond Plains Pinot Noir 2010 and Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2010 both achieved silver medals.

Gold for Organic Winery

Click on this link to read Peter Watson article about our latest gold medals.

Richmond Plains wins gold medals for organic wine in Hong Kong

We are very proud of this achievement and thought you might like us to share our latest success reading this article.

Monty Waldin’s visit at Richmond Plains 

Richmond Plains is proud to have hosted Monty Waldin, world renowned author, biodynamic wine writer and TV presenter. Click on this link to read the article that Jon Mortan wrote about this important visit.

How I became New Zealand’s first biodynamic wine grower

Lars Jensen explains how he became New Zealand's first biodynamic wine grower. Read the article written by Rosalind Le Bas Walker and published in NZ Life & Leisure.

Richmond Plains featured on Organic Living with The Hippy Gourmet

We are proud to have been featured on Organic Living with The Hippy Gourmet USA program. Click on this link to see us (3 min clip).

First Richmond Plains Riesling  

We have released our first Riesling.  We are very proud of this delicious wine which is our current favourite.

A youthful wine with a lovely perfumed bouquet displaying lemon/lime, floral and a touch of candied apple notes. The palate is intensely flavoured showing gentle sweetness and lush mouthfeel with the bright acidity providing excellent balance and harmony. The wine finishes long and delicious. 93 Points ***** Stars

- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

First New Zealand wine made from Certified Biodymanic grapes

Richmond Plains wines from Nelson have become the first New Zealand vineyard to be certified biodynamic as of May 27th 2008.

The first wine to be made from certified biodynamic grapes is the 2008 ARIES made from Pinot Noir grapes.  Aries has now been released for sale and is available from the cellar door and selected wine stores for $29.90 (click here to order).

Richmond Plains has always been certified organic so managing the vineyard biodynamically was a natural progression.

If you can make a delicious wine that’s good for the environment and for you, then why not!

Good wine a matter of balance

Reporter Laura Basham looks at what makes Richmond Plains different from conventional wine growing. Read the article > Good wine a matter of balance

TV3 – Going organic

TV3 news recently visited Richmond Plains to learn more about going organic and talks to owner Lars Jensen.  To find out more click on the link on the left side of this page to view the short 2 minute video.

Cuisine**** Stars Blanc de Noir

Cuisine awarded our Blanc de Noir 4 stars from its tasting of ‘Other White Wines’.

Our Blanc de Noir (translation - white from black) is a special wine.  Specially selected Pinot Noir grapes are gently pressed to squeeze out the juice and then fermented in stainless steel tanks just like white wine.  What does it taste like?...  Aromatic with citrus blossom, green pear and biscuit characters on the nose.  Full and fruity with attractive pear, baked apple and nectarine flavours.  It has very attractive tropical and lime blossom characters with an exotic spicy finish.  – Delicious!