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Budburst is here to celebrate natural wines – win a double pass

by Joanna on September 17, 2018 in Events, Festival, Food & Drink, giveaway

Man from Cambridge Road talking about his wines to a crowdI like any event centered around wine, so I’m really excited about Budburst, coming up on November 11 – the country’s only natural wine festival.

Natural wines, you say? What exactly does that mean? Well let’s cut’n paste from the press release

Historically, the term natural wine is without a single definition. For the Budburst natural wine festival we consolidated a series of generally held  criteria including hand harvesting of organically or biodynamically grown grapes and limited interventions in the winery – wild fermentation, minimal use of new oak, restrictions on the permitted total sulfur and strict guidelines on additions, fining and filtration are all included in our festival standards. Leaving as much as possible to nature is the key.

One question a lot of natural wine producers get asked (normally by me, three glasses in) is if not using sulphur means no hangover. It does not mean no hangover. Don’t ask that question. But DO ask other questions! The event is all about learning. From the press release again:
The producers who come along and the wines they show all subscribe to five main principles:
  • Wine starts in the vineyard: The festival organisers believe that natural wine cannot be made from  conventionally farmed fruit so requires all participating producers to verify that they grow their grapes organically or biodynamically

  • Let the time and place shine through: In the winery, they ask for minimal intervention, letting the quality of the fruit, site and season speak for themselves. Minimal intervention covers all aspects of the winemaking process so these wines are all vegan, for example.

  • Naturally delicious: We love delicious, well-made wines. Weird for weird’s sake is not our bag, the wine also has to be good. Natural is the philosophy, quality is the aim.

  • Always learning, always curious: Education is at the heart of everything they do, the festival is designed to pique your curiosity

  • It’s all for the love of wine: Budburst is a not-for-profit festival run by a passionate group of volunteers

What this might mean in your glass is that things might be tangier than you’re used to. They may be a little cloudy. Your wines might taste even a little like ciders. There’ll definitely be orange wine – no, that’s not wine made from oranges. Don’t worry – the programme includes bookable master classes so you can learn all about it.

The great thing about Budburst is that all tastes are included in your $50 entry fee. This means you can try all kinds of things and get some new favourites. Egmont Street Eatery is doing the catering, but I strongly advise making sure you have a solid meal beforehand, and don’t be afraid to tip out wines you don’t like. I mean, don’t be a jerk about it, but wine makers know that not everything is to everyone’s tastes, and that you might want to be sensible with your tastings.

Here’s their video from 2016 so you can get a feel for things.

Now remember how I said we have a giveaway? I asked Budburst if we could give away some tickets, and they very kindly gave me a double pass worth $100 to give away. We’ll keep it pretty simple – all you gotta do is be over 18, of course, and leave us a comment saying what your favourite wine is, and why. Get your comment in by 5pm Wednesday September 26.

Joanna McLeod

Joanna McLeod has started calling herself the Empress of the Internet because she can. As well as wrangling the other site contributors and Getting Shit Done, she likes to eat, drink and write in equal amounts. Yes, she would love to be invited along to your event in order to do those things. Joanna's also the best person to talk to if you're interested in advertising on the site.

Shannon Gillies September 17, 2018 at 11:07 pm

I like Kim Crawford’s sav. I got to share a glass with former MP Sonja Davies after she appeared in a film I helped make. The wine was her favourite and sharing it with her is one of the best memories Ive got.

Maya September 18, 2018 at 1:04 am

My favourite wine is usually whatever I’m drinking at the time. There are some exceptions, of course. I’m not an idiot. But if it’s not revolting I can usually find something about it to appreciate.

Penny September 18, 2018 at 7:12 am

I’m not fussy but do love the Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Gris…

Seamonkey Madness September 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

Yealands’ sav, as well as just about anything Spy Valley.

Andrew Burns September 18, 2018 at 10:55 am

Cambridge Road Rose from Martinborough. So deliciously natural and complex!

Ryan W September 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Picking a favourite is impossible, but loving the number of NZ wineries producing high quality, super food friendly pet Nats. Black Estate’s netherworld pet Nat is a perfect example – complex and, most importantly, delicious.

Timothy September 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Pyramid hill pinots and Chardonnays are stunning

Adrian September 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Cloudy Bay chardonnay. Their savignon blanc is good but overpriced and there are much better Marlborough savs around, but their chardonnay is up there with the best but it’s at a cheaper price. Lots of complexity and it holds up to being well-chilled, which is how I like my chardonnays.

Krystle Field September 21, 2018 at 1:34 pm

I know it’s cliche but can’t go past Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc – always delicious!

Danielle September 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc from Hawke’s Bay 😁

Tiana Thompson September 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

Kia ora,
I’m loving Pinot Noir at the moment, so I’m into any any organic Pinot Noir. If I had to choose a ffavourite at the moment it might be RICHMOND PLAINS PINOT NOIR 2016.
Ma te wa,
Tiana

Katie September 23, 2018 at 8:14 am

2016 MA’D Tokaj Furmint. Am enjoying trying dry natural wines at the moment … This is the latest great buy on the list : )

Steph J September 24, 2018 at 6:27 pm

I’m a seasonal drinker so red in winter and bubbles and rosé in summer 🙂 always look for Alan Scott merlot on special and a Villa Marie rosé is a good safe buy for new groups. But for a guaranteed good time – Deutz rosé bubbles!

John W September 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

Lammershoek LAM Pinotage 2013 ( Swartland, South Africa).

Fresh, pure, unadulterated fermented grape juice; nothing added, nothing taken away. Organically farmed grapes, of course.

Food-friendly (fish, meat, vegetables, rice etc). You name it, nothing clashed with it.

Despite its ‘dangerously gluggable’ appeal (12.5% vol), it always held its own over a 3-day period, sometimes longer, in fact, it just kept on giving the longer it was open.

Excellent value (NZ$23 equivalent).

Made by a true visionary – Craig Hawkins – and it shows. Class act. Alas, I could only get my hands on a 6-pack and it’s now history, but the memories will live forever.

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