20.02.2017 - 20.02.2017
We are in the Marlborough region for two days in the town of Blenheim.
Took a brief trip to the Forrest winery this afternoon to sample some local wines.
We all picked our favourites but none was spectacular.
The cheese and crackers were good though.
We are staying in a campsite in town tonight, time to get some washing done, only to discover the laundry is out of action because of a plumbing issue.
We got a taxi to town to a German Craft brewery called Dodson Street had some beer and bratwurst.
A nice change from our usual antics.
It's now day two of Marlborough. Today we took a cycle tour of the Renwick area with a company called Wine Tours by Bike.
Jo the boss collected us at our camp site and drove us to where we got our bikes, this is to avoid cyclists being on the highway with s few glasses of wine. We got our instructions from Steve plus a map of all the wineries in the area. There are at least 15, so armed with bikes, helmets and maps off we went.
Our first stop was Whiteheaven, a really nice place where we were met by a lovely lady who told us all about the wines we were to sample and her down to earth knowledge manner suited us just great.
Next we cycled up the road to a more upmarket place Hans Herzog. We had a spiff from Hans's wife both of whom are Swiss about her organic wines, had a tasting and stayed on for lunch.
The lunch was beautiful but we wasted a lot of time on very slow service.
Bought a bottle of Pino Noir with the Killeen's in mind. Hope the notice the purity of the wine...
Next stop was Framingham Wine Estate where we met Margaret O Brien of Irish descent (naturally with a name like that).
Tasted 4 wines her, a Sauvignon, a very dry Reisling, a standard Reisling and a Pinot Noir.
Bought a Sauvignon there and then we cycled back to Forrest for a glass of Sauvignon which we had sampled yesterday.
I enjoyed it immensely, the slow service was irritating but all in all a really nice day.
The washing machines are fixed so the washing is on, everyone else is asleep and I'm having a beer.