Please note: Due to Cycle Gabrielle a number of Petane Station wines (based in the Eskdale) have damaged labels due to the flood damage.
There’s a lot to love about this family owned, boutique Eskdale, Hawke’s Bay producer….the wine and the story!
Petane Station is the heart and soul of husband and wife team Philip and Sarah. The story began when winemaker Philip went into a local marketing firm to get help for his new wine label – he left with the Petane Station label and one of the marketing girls! Yep, he won the heart of Sarah and six months later they were engaged. “He didn’t have to pay for the new label” joked Sarah.
There’s a whole lot of TLC that goes into this wine that’s for sure – including every bottle in the production being picked by hand and individually numbered!
If you’ve never heard of an Edelzwicker before don’t worry, you wouldn’t be the only one, and no it’s not that song from The Sound of Music. From the German words Edel (noble) and Zwicker (blend) it’s a centuries old wine style that originates from Alsace in France. Sticking to the tradition Philip and Sarah pick all of the grapes on the same day, from the same vineyard.
This is their 2021 Edelzwicker and it’s a blend of Pinot Blanc (45%) with Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer and a splash of Chardonnay and Viognier rounding things off. It was co-fermented four days on its skins to give it’s cool blush like colour. It’s a dry, delicate, downright delicious and floral style wine that’s light on its feet at just 10.5% and full of yummy peach, pear and granny smith apple flavours!
As for when and what to drink it with? Philip’s got it nailed down. “This wine is best enjoyed chilled when the days draw out and start to heat up and matches well with oysters, cockles, pipis and paddle crabs.”