Winemaking in Waiuku

He’s dabbled in some good old Kiwi home brew beer making. He’s even had a crack at crafting cider (though not very successfully!) But being involved in developing a professionally made commercial bottle of wine? Well that just popped his cork completely.

 Ross Voltz of Waiuku now has his name on a bottle of wine.
Ross took part in the creation of The Hunting Lodge’s first ever Rose Crowd Blend. He and 499 other wine enthusiasts from across the country, signed up to partake in the project earlier in the year. In September he received a special blending kit with three different unnamed reds and had the “hard task” of combining and testing them, until he felt the end blend was just right.
“The combination I felt worked best, was a third of each of the dry, sweet and fruity,” said Ross.
Throwing together equal measures of each type seems the quickest approach to the blend process. Perhaps he had his eye on the taste testing session that followed?
Once he’d blended and tasted, and tasted a little more, Ross then sent the last remains of the sample back to the winery for his combination to be considered with the others. “In October there was an unveiling of the final version, with a function for those of us who participated,” adds Ross.
As a nurse, Ross has blended a few concoctions in his time, but on this occasion it was for a fully indulgent purpose. So now that he’s a “winemaker”, what’s next? “The sky’s the limit! A bottle of beer or whiskey with my name on it would be great!”
Seeing his name on a bottle of commercially produced wine has been a surreal experience says Ross, and apparently it’s a nice tipple too. ” We tasted the wine at the unveiling and it was very tasty! We’ve got a bottle in the cupboard which will be chilled and consumed with friends at Christmas.” Bottoms up.

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