Wine Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

"Viburno", the flagship wine of the poderi Crisci Estate label is a fine blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Montepulciano.?ÿ Great care is taken when picking to select only the best fruit, and this process is repeated again on the sorting table prior to the gentle destemming and crushing process. The wine is fermented and aged in French oak barriques over 17 months, and the wine is bottled on the estate.

Viburno is a richer, complex wine?ÿ with a lifted nose of plum, blackberry and black cherries. A full flavoured palate follows with more plum and dark cherry notes, bound within a soft and refined cedar wood structure. A special wine that is best appreciated with lamb and beef, but equally comfortable with a robust pasta.

About the Winery

Located at the end of a country lane, Poderi Crisci is a family-owned vineyard and restaurant with Italian flair and a passion for traditional winemaking. For four generations the Crisci family have been immersed in the art of food and wine. Antonio, born and raised in Napoli, arrived in NZ in the early ƒ??90s quickly making a name for himself in the Auckland scene with the establishment of Toto restaurant in Nelson Street. With his partner Vivienne Farnell they opened Non Solo Pizza in 1996, now an institution in Parnell.

The first merlot vines were planted in 2000. The success of the first vines led to the planting of other grape varieties and vegetable gardens with Poderi Crisci being founded in 2008 and the restaurant opening in 2010. Antonio, a visionary, has transformed the Waiheke Island vineyard into a place people will visit to wine, dine and have ƒ??layers of experience.ƒ??

Just arriving at Poderi Crisci you may well think that you have been transported to Tuscany.

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