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Now how many Master of Wine are there in the world?
Not many…. And how many Master of Wine are there who are also Captain on a Lufthansa Airbus 380? We would say there is probably only one on this planet, Frank Roeder!
On Kai Schubert’s way from Singapore to Frankfurt he luckily managed to meet him in the cockpit. Would have been a great place to have a little tasting but aside from not having a sample bottle, obvious other reasons and regulations prevented Kai Schubert and Frank Roeder from having a degustation in the sky. Well, so they planned to catch up at ProWein 2013…
Left: Captain & MW Frank Roeder Right: Owner & Winemaker Kai Schubert
Schubert Wines was awarded a GOLD Medal for our 2010 Schubert Pinot Noir “Marion’s Vineyard” at the INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE™ in the United Kingdom, 2012.
The judges said: "Deep crimson. Fresh, spicy soft fruit on nose. Rich round and complex on the palate with succulent fruit tones and a long silky finish."
For more detailed information, please click here
To read more from the Perfect Pairings Awards.com 2011, click here
For more photos and the menus of the event
BURGHOUND IN ASIA,click here
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Winery of the year
and most auspicious wine for Chinese New Year 2011,
Year of the "Rabbit" by Curtis Marsh
He also wrote the following about Schubert Wines & our Pinots...
I would go as far to say Kai Schubert and Marion Deimling make some of the most profound pinot noir on this planet from their tiny vineyards in Martinborough and the Wairarapa, literally only a cupful relative to most wineries.
There is a distinctive element of earthiness and concentration to the wines and the tannins are noticeably more chewy, or firmer throughout the whole wine and metaphorically Chambertin-like, rather than Vosne Romanee.
To read more from Curtis Marsh & The Wandering Palate, click here
wrote the following about our 2009 Schubert Rosé...
...it's rare that you find a pale orange skin/salmon-coloured rosé in New Zealand. Most of them are bright pink with a lit-tle residual sugar and quite frankly, that does not float my boat. I have not found one that fits my Provencal-style crite-ria... until now. Stuttgart-born Kai Schubert has made a bone dry, lean and elegant rosé with crisp acidity, restrained red berry fruit and citrus. Hooray for Germans in New Zealand!
Schubert Wines was awarded the INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE 2010 SUSTAINABLE TROPHY in London.
As part of the INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE’S Planet Earth Awards the 2008 Schubert Pinot Noir Block B was awarded the IWC SUSTAINABLE TROPHY at last night’s IWC 2010 Awards dinner in London. “This is a fantastic accomplishment”, says proprietor & winemaker Kai Schubert, “that not only the quality of our wine but also our efforts for organic practice in our vineyards and the winery were awarded. After last week’s huge success at the Decanter World Wine Awards with the International Pinot Noir Trophy and now the IWC Trophy for Sustainability we feel overjoyed”
The IWC Planet Earth awards have been introduced to reflect an important trend in consumer demand, as well as rewarding those who not only excel but also put the planet at the heart of their wine making activity.
Schubert 2008 Pinot Noir Block B receives the INTERNATIONAL TROPHY for best Pinot Noir at Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 in London. “This is a great honour” say proprietors & winemakers Kai Schubert & Marion Deimling, “receiving this huge accolade. There were Pinot Noirs from 19 other countries including France, Italy, Australia, the USA, Chile and Germany which makes this International Trophy not only a fantastic success for us at Schubert Wines, but also for the Wairarapa region and the whole of New Zealand”.
Furthermore also Schubert’s 2008 Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir made it in the overall Top 10 list of all Pinot Noirs entered from around the world.
2008 Schubert Pinot Noir Block B was judged one of the top 100 wines in over 3,500 wines tasted in the 28th Edition of Australian Wine Vintages 2011 by Robert Geddes, MW
All Blacks cook for Italy's Next Top Model
and Schubert Wines was glad to have our
Pinot Noir "Marion's Vineyard" as part of the event.
The All Blacks have been involved in filming a cooking segment for an episode of Italy's Next Top Model
at the Grani and Baci Restaurant in Milan
Five lucky All Blacks, Ma'a Nonu, Andy Ellis, Andrew Hore, Anthony Boric and Mills Muliaina got to cook with beautiful Italian women, including the show's host and former supermodel Natasha Stefanenko.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry played his part in judging the cooking.
Schubert Wines is glad to announce that in Matthew Jukes (UK) and Tyson Stelzer's (AU) classification of New Zealand's top pinot noir wineries, Schubert Wines was awarded three stars and made it into the top 23 of New Zealand's pinot noir producers.
The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification 2010
Ata Rangi, Felton Road, Mt Difficulty
Bell Hill, Craggy Range, Dry River, Escarpment, Martinborough Vineyard, Pegagus Bay, Rippon, Peregrine, Pyramid Valley
Bald Hills, Cloudy Bay, Dog Point, Hinton Estate, Mount Edward, Mountford,
Palliser Estate, Schubert Wines, Two Paddocks, Valli, Villa Maria, Wither Hills
Amisfield, Auntsfield, Chard Farm, Gibbston Valley, Neudorf, Olssens, Quartz Reef, Rockburn, Terravin, Voss, Alan McCorkindale, Envoy, Seresin
Alana, Carrick, Foxes Island, Gravitas, Huia, Hunter's, Kumeu River, Lowburn Ferry, Murdoch James, Nautilus, Pisa Range, Spy Valley, Te Kairanga, Blind River, Delta, Gladstone, Jackson, Johner, Julicher,
The Third Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification was developed by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer to highlight the importance of New Zealand's finest pinot noirs. The Classification is awarded based on a rolling average rating of the five most recent vintages.
At the recent New Zealand Annual Trade Tasting in London, wine writer Anthony Rose had this to say about the
Schubert 2008 Dolce
".....and a stonking, who-would-have-guessed-it müller-thurgau based 2008 Schubert Dolce whose sugar levels must have been so elevated that they didn't register in the catalogue"
To read more from Anthony Rose, click here
Schubert Wines is glad to announce that two of our wines were selected by wine writer Peter Saunders for his
New Zealand Top 100
Schubert 2008 Pinot Noir "Block B" "Delightful wine, gracious in its fruit-sweetness with subtle well textured silkiness. A wine made from Dijon clones, quite intense yet with the gentlemanly disposition of a remarkable fine wine. Grown in the Gladstone sub-region of Wairarapa by a German winemaker with understanding of this variety. Special wine to enjoy over 5 years at least."
Schubert 2006 Cabernet Merlot
"An outstanding style from these varieties in territory that we may not have thought was suited to them. Shows what a low-yield regime and some loving care in the winery can produce. Excellent spine, some lovely fruit emerging, helped by nearly four years maturing. Very much a beef or venison wine but any hearty food courses will fit here well. Four more years of very good drinking ahead.
In The World of Fine Wine magazine, Paul White rates
Schubert Syrah as one of the top Syrah from New Zealand.
Winewriter Paul White recently tasted the new release of SCHUBERT’s 2006 CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MERLOT:
Red fruit/red currant aromas and flavors, extended with lovely gamey undertones alongside cedar and dried herb high notes. Palate is rounded and smooth with excellent concentration, nicely balanced acids to fruit. Well integrated tannins for such a young wine. Impressive wine that's drinking beautifully now, more Margaux like given its florals. I like this sort of lighter, finer linear style, that's more feminine than brutish. Given my experience with similarly styled Hawkes Bay and Martinborough Bordeaux blends my expectations are this wine should easily age a decade or more.
Paul White is an American freelance winewriter, judge and editor with an international focus, currently based in New Zealand. Annually he tastes and assesses thousands of wines from all over the world. Unusually for an American writer, most of his work is published by non-American based publications.
He contributes to Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, World of Fine Wine, Decanter, WINE, International Wines & Spirits Magazine, Harpers, and Slow Food, along with many other occasional columns. Also nominated 'Best Drinks Writer' World Food Media Awards 2001, 2003, 2005 & 2007
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New Zealand comes of age
By Jancis Robinson
Published: July 4 2009 00:44 | Last updated: July 4 2009 00:44
In spite of bumper 2008 and 2009 harvests in New Zealand, I am more optimistic about the quality of wine coming out of the North and South islands than I have been for a very long time.
But one of the more palatable side effects of global warming has been the emergence of fine New Zealand reds made from varieties that ripen later than Pinot.
It used to be the case that a tasting of Kiwi reds left tasters’ teeth pristine, so under-ripe were the grapes and thin the grape skins. …….
But I am increasingly excited about the quality of NZ Syrah grown by the likes of …; Schubert of Wairarapa ….. It can be complex, savoury and much more subtle than Australian Shiraz, its cousin across the Tasman.
More columns at www.ft.com/robinson
With more than 46.000 trade visitors at the biannual VINEXPO in Bordeaux from 135 countries the renowned French wine fair has proven to be another fantastic forum for the international wine scene.
Of course Kai Schubert of Schubert Wines was attending the fair as well to deepen the relationships with its importers and distributors around the world.
The next alternating Vinexpo event will be in Asia at VINEXPO Asia-Pacific from 25 to 27 May 2010 in Hong Kong.
from World Wine,
Brazil organising the
Gerd Rindchen of Rindchens Weinkontor,
Germany tasting the Schubert range at
Decanter magazine presenting
some of the recently awarded
Kelly K. Brown of KBC New York, John
Belsham of Foxes Island, Blenheim and
Michael Carus of Tophi GmbH, Hamburg
enjoying the local oysters for lunch
CH'NG Poh Tiong of
The Wine Review,
the Chinese Bordeaux
Guide at Vinexpo
Cédric Steinberg of DURUP Père et fils of
Chablis, Thomas Schoettler of Spier Wines,
South Afrika, Gerd Rindchen of Rindchen
Weinkontor, Hamburg and Michael Carus
Gunnar Tietz, one of Germany’s
Leading sommeliers of First Floor
Restaurant, Palace Hotel, Berlin
and wife joining Kai for a simple
Atlantis, The Palm is the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah - the first resort to open its doors on Dubai's revolutionary island. The stunning new 1,539 room resort first welcomed guests in September 2008 and features 17 restaurants including those of renowned chefs like Santi Santamaria , the three star Michelin chef from Spain’s Catalunya region, offering gourmet seafood and a seductive ambience in the underwater world of Atlantis at OSSIANO restaurant; world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa redefining Japanese cuisine in a contemporary space that mixes traditional and modern Japanese elements at NOBU restaurant; two
star Michelin Chef Michel Rostang from Paris in ROSTANG, the French Brasserie and Celebrity Chef Giorgio Locatelli at Ronda Locatelli.
Schubert Wines is glad to announce that our wines are available in all of these celebrated restaurants.
WeltWein Festival Bad Ragaz 2009
The Quellenhof was a fantastic Surrounded by the Swiss Alps
venue for the festival
The WeltWeinFestival Bad Ragaz 2009, the 7th WorldWineFestival in history. Once again more than 2000 enthusiastic visitors attended the Forum and its events in the picturesque canton of St. Gallen in Switzerland. 56 invited wineries from 12 countries presented more than 1500 different wines for degustation and some 5000 bottles were opened.
Schubert Wines was the only representative from New Zealand and we are glad to announce that our 2007 Pinot Noir “Marion’s Vineyard” was also selected for the Gala-dinner from a selection of only nine wines amongst renowned Châteaux like Château Angelus and Château Beauregard.
All expectations were surpassed and in a year with difficult world economic climate the interest in the Festival was exceptional. Next year the festival will take place in Austria again.
The WeltWein Festival Palais Coburg Vienna from 14th-17th April 2010
The degustations forum Kai Schubert presenting the
Schubert Wines collection.
Jay Somers and Erni Loosen The chefs
presenting their joint venture Pinot
For more photos of the WeltWein Festival 2009 click here
Schubert Wines is proud to announce that we are the only winery selected from New Zealand to represent the wine of Aotearoa at the "World Wine Festival" in Switzerland this year.
It is the 7th annual event of the Welt Wein Festival, taking place in the magnificent town of Bad Ragaz in the canton of St. Gallen.
Besides the opportunity to taste wines from 12 countries around the world, there will also be culinary events with some of Europe's most renowned chefs.
For details of the program please click here and for information on invited wineries please click here.
Schubert Wines is proud to announce that our 2006 PINOT NOIR "BLOCK B" was named one of the top wines of the year by Decanter wine magazine in its December 2008 issue.
*****5 STAR RATING FOR 2006 SCHUBERT PINOT NOIR
IN DECANTER MAGAZINE
The Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria, was the fantastic venue for this years World-Wine Festival which took place from 27th February to the 1st of March 2008. Only 60 wineries from across the globe were invited and Schubert Wines was one of them. More than 2000 guest had the opportunity to taste wines from renown wine estates such as Penfolds, Weingut Dr. Heger, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt,
Schlossgut Diel, Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Domäne Schloss Johannisberg, Château Figeac, Château Rauzan-Ségla, Château Canon la Gaffelière, Château La Mondotte, Clos de l\'Oratoire, Domaine des Lambrays, Domaine Faiveley, Château Montus, Domaine René Rostaing, Azienda Agricola Elio Grasso , Azienda Agricola Sandrone Luciano, Marchesi de Frescobaldi, Château Musar, Weinlaubenhof Kracher, Weingut Rudi Pichler, Niepoort Vinhos SA, Weinbau Martha und Daniel Gantenbein, Au Bon Climat, Beaux Frères and many others.
Additionally to the three days of tasting some further 21 wine events; degustation and dinners took place underlining the fascination that fine wine and top cuisine play together. Schubert wines was very glad to have our wines participating in several events, one of which was the “Pretiosen aus der Schweiz” held in the Restaurant “Weißen Rauchfangkehrer” with Daniel Gantenbein from Switzerland presenting not only Swiss wines but also interesting comparisons from other cool climates of the world.
Another incredible event was the international Pinot Noir tasting led by Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat, California & Jacob Duijn from Germany. Along with Pinot Noirs from Burgundy, the US, Switzerland, Germany and Austria also New Zealand was represented with the Schubert 2004 Pinot Noir “Block B”.
Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine, and Bernard Antony, world-famous Maître Fromager from Alsace paired Citeaux, Tomme de Savoie und Pont-L’Eveque and other cheeses with wines from Champagne, dry and fruity whites, Port and Trockenbeerenauslesen as well as some Pinot Noirs including the Schubert 2003 Pinot Noir “Block B”.
On “Jancis Robinson.com, fine writing on fine wines”
Jancis Robinson reports about a recent New Zealand wine tasting and selects her top 50 wines.
Schubert Wines is glad to announce that our 2006 Pinot Noir “Block B” made the top of her red wine list.
Fifty bright stars from New Zealand
publication date: Feb 6, 2008
The following are about 50 interesting New Zealand wines tasted recently. It’s perhaps significant that whites do not seriously outnumber reds nowadays (one more sign of climate change?). Of course there are dozens if not hundreds of labels on perfectly satisfactory and very popular Marlborough Sauvignon but I have noted only those Sauvignons that seem to be a bit out of the ordinary. Look out for my NZ overview in free for all and the Financial Times on Saturday.
Schubert, Block B Pinot Noir 2006 Wairarapa 17.5 Drink2008-12
I was very impressed by this offering from Kai Schubert, who studied and worked in Germany, including a stint mit Loosen as well as in Oregon and California. Sweet but not sickly, dense but not chewy, lively with many subtle layers. Should age well. Mainly the Dijon 115 clone apparently.
David against Goliath
by STUART PIGOTT (translated to English by Kai Schubert. Apologies
for any mistakes)
In blind tastings renowned and established wines and producers
often meet up with unknown newcomers – some people call it
a battle between David and Goliath. Such a blind tasting took place
last Monday (21. January 2007) in Berlin’s Hotel Adlon (www.hotel-adlon.de).
Willibald Balanjuk, CEO of „burgenländischen Weinwerbung" (Austria)
and Gerhard Retter, Manager of the Restaurant „Lorenz Adlon" desired
to know how well Pinot Noirs from Burgenland (Austria) and Germany
would compete with their international counterpart.
The 2nd part of the tasting was even more exiting. Again the “Burgenland” was
most impressive with a gigantic, but in no way over the top 2004 "Unter
den Terrassen zu Jois" von Umathum of Gols. From Germany the
enormous berry-fruity 2004 "Simonroth R" from Schnaitmann
Estate of Fellbach in Wuertemberg was convincing.
That the 1999er "Musigny
Grand Cru" of Comte de Vogüé of Chambolle-Musigny
in Burgundy (Retailing at 457.20 Euro ; imported by "Wein & Glas",
Berlin) made the first ranking probably confirms only what would
have been expected. However most surprising was with which wine
the Musigny shared this ranking. It was the 2004 Schubert Pinot
Noir (called “Block B” in Germany) of Kai Schubert,
a vintner who emigrated from Swabia, Germany to Martinborough,
New Zealand (Retailing at introductory price of 23,50 Euro available
from Rindchen's Weinkontor, www.rindchen.de)
as well as the 2004 "Lingenfelder
Vineyard" Pinot Noir of Brogan in Healdsburg, California made
by Margi Williams-Wierenga in a Garage. Whilst
the Schubert by many tasters was thought to be an expensive burgundy
its raspberry freshness and elegance, on the other hand the Brogan
was something special on its own with lovely cherry aromas and
Text: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, 21.01.2007, Nr.
3 / page 58
To read the original German article please click here
WINE DINNER AT THE FIREPLACE GRILL, Bangkok.
After a major refurbishment in 2005, Fireplace Grill at Intercontinental Bangkok offers a unique 40 years of heritage in a stylish contemporary atmosphere.
SCHUBERT WINES of Martinborough, New Zealand had the honour of being the first winery to conduct a wine event at the new Fireplace Grill, destined to maintain its place as one of Bangkok finest dining establishments.
(from left) Dr. Chatchawin Charoen-Rajapark,
Daranee Charoen-Rajapark and friends
Kai Schubert of Schubert Wines, New Zealand
On May 23, 2006 Fireplace Grill together with BANGKOK FINE WINES
organized a Winemakers Dinner featuring a selection of the best wines from SCHUBERT WINES in New Zealand. A superb menu
to match the wines was created by the Fireplace Grill’s kitchen team.
Mr. Nick Heath (right), General Manager of
InterContinental Bangkok with H.E. Mr. Peter
Howard Rider (left), The Ambassador of
New Zealand to Thailand
Mr. Nick Heath, General Manager of InterContinental Bangkok, hosted the event, while winemaker Mr. Kai Schubert took the"full house" the Schubert wine journey
Please also read comments in The Bangkok Post and The Nation
(click images to enlarge)
Guest arrive at Schloss Bensberg
And the winner is … Rudi Pichler, Wachau, Austria. We congratulate Rudi very much for the great success at the "2006 Wine Awards" held at Schloss Bensberg, Germany on 25th March 2006 for being chosen "Newcomer of the Year", organized by Germany’s WeinGourmet/Feinschmecker magazine (see also: Welt Am Sonntag, Presse Portal and Gourmet Report
For us at Schubert Wines it was a great honour to be nominated and associated with such outstanding wineries and winemakers like the winner, Rudi Pichler, but also the other nominee’s like Laurence Faller of Domaine Weinbach. Schubert Wines would like to thank very much Mrs. Madeleine Jakits, chief editor of WineGourmet and all the judges for our nomination and the chance of participation at this outstanding wine event, the “International Wine Awards 2006.
Comedian Konrad Beikircher presents the Award show
Madeleine Jakits, chief editor of WeinGourmet introduces the Wine Awards 2006
Kai Schubert at the 2006 Wine Awards
Stuart Pigott presenting the "Wine of the Year Award" to Gunter Künstler for his 2004 Hochheimer Hölle Riesling tr. Goldkapsel
All nominees of "Newcomer of the Year" from left: Jorge Borges & Sandra Tavares of Wine & Soul, Douro, Portugal; Moreno Petrini of Tenuta di Valgiano, Tuscany; Tim Fröhlich of Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich, Nahe, Germany; Laurence Faller of Domaine Weinbach, Alsace; Rudi Pichler of Weingut Rudi Pichler, Wachau, Austria and Kai Schubert of Schubert Wines, Martinborough, New Zealand
Hugh Johnson presenting the lifetime achievement Award to Miguel A. Torres of Spain
Hungarian author Péter Esterházy received the Award for "Wein Gourmet of the Year"
All nominees on stage
17 January 2006
||Kai Schubert was nominated “Newcomer of the Year 2006” by WeinGourmet/Feinschmecker magazine, one of Europe’s most important wine and food publications. Other nominees include renown winemakers such as Laurence Faller of Domaine Weinbach, Alsace; Tim Fröhlich of Weingut Schäfer-Fröhlich, Nahe, Germany; Moreno Petrini of Tenuta di Valgiano, Tuscany; Rudi Pichler of Weingut Rudi Pichler, Wachau as well as Sandra Tavares & Jorge Borges of Wine & Soul, Douro, Portugal. The recipient of the Wine Award 2006 will be announced in the end of March 2006. For further information please visit http://www.der-feinschmecker-club.de/go/311a9802-dd48-9ec7-9f1f5f9e43da4c6e and download this file [046_wineawards_kneu.pdf]
WORLD EXPO 2005 IN AICHI, JAPAN
ABOVE : The New Zealand Pavilion at World Expo
BELOW : The Honourable Jim Sutton (centre)
We are glad to announce
that the Schubert Pinot Noir and Schubert Tribianco were the
selected wines to
be poured exclusively at the
opening ceremony of the New
Zealand Pavilion at the World Expo
2005 in Aichi, Japan.
The opening ceremony was conducted
by the New Zealand Trade Negotiations Minister, the Honourable
at a function in New Zealand’s Pavilion Cloud Bar with
invited Nagoya dignitaries.
April 2005 at a Trade Mission for the New Zealand Food and Beverage
sector to Japan led by the New Zealand Minister for Trade Negotiations,
Honorable Jim Sutton, Schubert Wines was selected the only winery
to represent the New Zealand wine industry. Functions to present New
outstanding quality produce were held in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
The Honourable Jim Sutton & Kai Schubert
Mr. Nasu, Owner/Sommelier Restaurant "LE MARTIN PECHEUR" (left)
and Mr. NIWA of FUJIMIYA in
Nagoya (right) with Kai Schubert (centre)
The 2003 Pinot Noir received a GOLD at the AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE
AWARDS 2004. For further information, please have a look at http://www.wineshow.co.nz/
GOLD Medal for 2003 SCHUBERT Pinot Noir and
SILVER Medal 2003 SCHUBERT Pinot Noir “Marion’s Vineyard” at
Le Mondial du Pinot Noir, Sierre, in Switzerland.
the recently in August 2004 held MONDIAL DU PINOT NOIR competition
in Sierre, Switzerland our 2003 PINOT NOIR received a GOLD medal
(the only GOLD for New Zealand) as well as our PINOT NOIR “MARION’S
VINEYARD” received a SILVER medal. For further information,
please have a look at www.mondial-du-pinot-noir.com
GOLD Medal for 2001 Schubert Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawkes Bay
at VINALIES INTERNATIONALES, PARIS
At the recently in February 2004 held VINALIES INTERNATIONALES
Wine competition in Paris, France our 2001 CABERNET SAUVIGNON,
HAWKES BAY received a GOLD medal (the only GOLD for New Zealand).
More than 2200 wines from 35 countries participated. For further
information, please have a look at http://www.oenologuesdefrance.fr/
Trophy for 2001 SCHUBERT Cabernet Sauvignon at the AIR NEW ZEALAND
We are glad to announce that our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon,
Hawkes Bay received the Trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon at
the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in November 2003.
further details please click here.