The New Zealand Cellar sits down with Hugh Crichton from Vidal Estate to discuss all things wine in our "Down In The Cellar" series.
That’s a difficult question given there are so many great people in the world of wine but if I had to select one I’d say Sir George Fistonich, a man who I’ve been fortunate to work closely with over the last 15 years. The guys a legend! His focus on quality when it comes to vineyard, winemaking and people.
Without question Chardonnay!
I was actually already in the industry (just!) but my direction could have gone done many paths. After a vintage in Bordeaux in ‘97 I was fortunate to have a day visiting a few inspiring estates, one being Cheval Blanc – tasting a ’96 parcel out of barrel was a point in time that made me realise how incredible wine could taste.
Too many to limit to 5!
First and foremost Hawke’s Bay – our place is our place. It has a uniqueness. Isn’t it better to look at yourselves more than you look at others? The wine regions of the world that inspire are those that have a similar climatic framework to Hawke’s Bay but of course stylistic interpretation within that framework is where the real inspiration comes from.
That not everyone will like your wine style. If you try to do something for everyone then it’s likely to take you down the path of average.
Plenty of great regions in Aus but for me the cooler areas like Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Adelaide Hills are producing exciting wines. Will be others but for me it’s about cool or cool within warm.
What are you drinking (from your range)?
Legacy Chardonnay with a few years of age on it
Who are you drinking it with?
What are you eating?
Fresh Hawke’s Bay seafood
And what music is playing?
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