Daniel Kemp is one of our most interesting wine suppliers and this month he brought in a couple of suitcases full of exciting new products from around New Zealand and the world. It takes bravery to even attempt to weather the storm of importing wine right now, due to global delays in shipping and transportation, thanks to the pandemic, but Kemp has tied himself to the mast and remains at the top of his game with both wine importation and distribution of it, nationwide This month he led our wine team through a diverse and delicious range of wines, starting with champagne before diving down the rabbit hole of great reds from the Clevedon Hills, south of Auckland, and outstanding Chardonnay from this country's biggest wine region, Marlborough.
The following trio are the tip of a longer range of wines from Kemp - ask us for more information about his quirky Spanish wines and watch this space for more.
Top wines from Great Little Vineyards - with links to buy
Champagne Joseph Perrier Brut RRP $86.99
The Cuvée Royale Brut is a superbly intense champagne with depth of flavour and complex tastes of white peach, floral notes of white flowers giving way to the fruity ones and dialled up yeasty freshness, derived from 36 months aging with 20% reserve wines in the blend. The blend is 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier.
2019 Corofin Folium Chardonnay RRP $49.99
Barrel fermentation adds creamy notes and nutty flavours to the citrusy depth of this outstanding full bodied Chardonnay, produced by Mike and Anna Paterson in Marlborough. The couple source grapes from top notch vineyards in the region, using organically certified vineyards wherever possible.
2015 Puriri Hills The Pope RRP $184.99
This is a complex, earthy, savoury red is modelled on the best right bank Bordeaux. It's made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere and Malbec grapes, all grown in the small Puriri Hills Vineyard near to Clevedon, south of Auckland. These rolling green hills overlook the Hauraki Gulf and benefit from sea breezes, which help vine health and cool down the warm temperatures.
PS: Kemp founded his company in 2001 in Auckland and four years later he opened wine store there called Great Little Vineyards. It is now the public face of the business and Kemp's wines are available nationwide in top restaurants, bars and well stocked wine stores.