March 22, 2016 / Leave a Comment
Being told Batch (soon to be rebranded as Thomas) occupies one of the highest spots on the island, commanding great views of the city and valleys of the island itself, we took the car on a mission to track it down.
If you don’t have a car, Batch also offers a return transfer service from Matiatia ferry terminal – check their website for current timings. Pretty handy so worth starting or ending your day there – great idea from their marketing team! As we are here in summer, there are lots of scaffolds up creating extra seating and dining areas – clearly they are prepped for a crowd! They serve food if you’re hungry and are the only venue I know of on the island serving high tea if you’re looking for that type of thing.
So back to the views – honestly, not as spectacular as we had expected. Nice enough but I prefer the views from Mudbrick and Cable Bay personally. It’s next to the airstrip so you might see helicopters coming in to land too.
We had the ‘Thomas’ wine tasting, the dearest on the menu at $10 for three small pours. Not the best value wine tasting on the island by a long shot, around $7.50 on average for three, but not the worst if you catch the shuttle.
Also not the best wines we had on the island by a long shot. The tasting comprised of:
Field Blend Rose ’14
Made from predominantly Pinot Gris with the addition of Syrah grapes, this wine had a strong apple juice nose, was tart, dry, and a bit insipid for me. Not my kind of Rose.
This one was an unusual beast, and gave aromas of caramelised pork belly. Not the technical term, but that’s what it smelt like! It tasted like pork crackling, a hint of apple and had a finish that about five seconds after resulted in popcorn. Really. Unusual. Chardonnay. Not sure I could drink a lot of it, but it was certainly memorable.
Cabernet Franc Merlot 13
Coffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Medium bodied with hinds of prune, currants, cranberry. Short on the palate. Didn’t love it.
Unless you want to utilise the clever shuttle service, Batch for me isn’t a must visit Waiheke winery – talking to them though it will be interesting to see how they mature with their label change and new reserve wines that will start to be created in the next year. One to watch.