Budburst is here to celebrate natural wines – win a double pass
I 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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m not fussy but do love the Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Gris…
Yealands’ sav, as well as just about anything Spy Valley.
Cambridge Road Rose from Martinborough. So deliciously natural and complex!
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.
Pyramid hill pinots and Chardonnays are stunning
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.
I know it’s cliche but can’t go past Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc – always delicious!
Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc from Hawke’s Bay 😁
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,
2016 MA’D Tokaj Furmint. Am enjoying trying dry natural wines at the moment … This is the latest great buy on the list : )
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!
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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