And that is what it was for me before I arrived—my two goals for my visit
1. See the Pelennor fields, and
2. visit Cloudy Bay winery.
Seemingly minor goals for what turned out to be a life-affirming two months. But in early 2000’s England, New Zeland’s wines, and Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc, in particular, had won plaudits from the highest British sources. They were soon purchased by french brand LVMH, and the marketing image of luxury begat high prices. Consequently, bottles were hard to come by and expensive.
Of course, the first supermarket I visited in Aukland, had shelves of the stuff.
With the investment, the New Zealand growers did not rest on their laurels and produced another classic in the form of a youthful and straight-forward Pinot Noir. An apt description of the spirit of the southern island with all its bungee jumping and skydiving.