Somm Cellar Door has quickly earned a reputation for its impeccable wine list and expansive cellar, but perhaps even more impressive is the staff’s extensive expert knowledge. Whether it’s a perfumed pinot from Central Otago or a delicious drop from Church Road that you’re seeking, the team at Somm will deliver excellence in both education and libation alike.
This Saturday, attention will be turned exclusively to chardonnay at Somm as Martinborough Vineyard‘s head winemaker Paul Mason hosts a guided tasting. The educational event will see keen connoisseurs journey through six different vintages, delving into the winemaker’s pursuit of perfection through a series from the vineyard’s library spanning 2011 to the current 2021 release.
It’s no coincidence that chardonnay is the focus here. Martinborough Vineyard’s quest to perfect the region’s venerable style began in 1980, and the stalwart vineyard now has a reputation for producing the very best chardonnay in the world (outside of Burgundy). Mason, who is passionate about the style’s history, will present the impressive fruits of their labour at this one-off tasting afternoon that must not be missed.
Of course, event-goers will be able to sample more than just chardonnay if they so wish, with both the full food and beverage menu available throughout. If you’re anything like us, a trip to Somm simply isn’t complete without first devouring a cheese platter — the smoked brie really is something else (and the perfect accompaniment to a crisp white, too).
The Martinborough Vineyard Vertical Chardonnay Tasting is taking place this Saturday, the 4th of November, and runs from 2.30pm-6pm at Somm. Spots are $30 per tasting, which includes six wines, and walk-ins are welcome.