Glass makes wine sing

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago wine­mak­ers have been de­signed a spe­cial prod­uct, a wine glass made specif­i­cally for the wine they pro­duce.

World-lead­ing glass­ware com­pany Riedel have cre­ated the Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir Glass and show­cased it to about 40 win­ery op­er­a­tors at a work­shop in Queen­stown on Thurs­day.

Riedel Australia man­ag­ing direc­tor Mark Baul­der­stone said Cen­tral Otago wine was talked about across the globe and the com­pany wanted to pro­duced a glass which show­cased the wine in the best way pos­si­ble.

The glass cost $379,000 to de­velop and was man­u­fac­tured in Ger­many.

At first 14 glass de­signs were put to the test and wine­mak­ers were asked to find the glass they thought best suited their wine.

There was then two top glasses which were merged to make the Cen­tral Otago glass, Baul­der­stone said.

He said while Australia made some good pinot noir, they were ‘‘few and far be­tween’’, and he was yet to find an Aus­tralian pinot noir suit­able to drink from the glass.

‘‘This is our gift to New Zealand. We be­lieve it has a lot of po­ten­tial to make your wine sing,’’ he said.

It was hoped the glass would be stocked at cel­lar doors and winer­ies. Riedel Australia man­ag­ing direc­tor

Mark Baul­der­stone and Gibb­ston Val­ley Win­ery wine­maker Christo­pher

Keys show off the specif­i­cally de­signed glass for Cen­tral Otago pinot noir in Queen­stown.

Photo: Che Baker

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