Glass makes wine sing
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