CELEBRATING THE FIRST RELEASE OF OUR CHARDONNAY

Join us for dinner in The Glass House Kitchen to celebrate the inaugural release of our 2016 Brick Bay Chardonnay; our chefs have created a delicious 3-course set menu featuring seasonal produce sourced from our gardens, orchards, and the wider local area. Designed to complement our Chardonnay but with a twist, showcasing unexpected flavour profiles to match this food-friendly varietal.

Our winemaker James Rowan and Vineyard Manager Brian Breen will be in attendance to tell you more about this new release.

This elegant wine is characterised by delicate aromas and multi-layered textures of flinty minerality, toasted grains and concentrated fruit weight – a beautifully balanced, food-friendly wine.

Limited tickets available online.

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2018 BRICK BAY FOLLY WINNER: JONAH

The philosophy of the Brick Bay Folly project is to support young and emerging New Zealand architects or students in an accredited New Zealand architecture programme to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture, and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts and techniques between the two disciplines. The winning entry receives an overall $35,000 grant towards realising the proposed project.

The 2018 winners are:   Norman Ning Wei from Moller Architects, Cynthia Yuan from MPM Projects, Kim Huynh from Paterson Architectural Collective and Kevin Kun Ding from Open Media Lab.

A Folly is an architectural object that lacks a deliberate functional purpose which must instead examine its surroundings and allow them to bring it into existence. The 2018 Folly, ‘Jonah’ is stranded alongside a lake and together with the broader seaside location of the site, the biblical story of Jonah evolved as the inspiration for the build,  in which the prophet temporarily dwells inside a whale and received shelter from turmoil.

The structure references an abstracted giant sea creature, stranded on land, prone to the conditions of weathering and eventually exposing its skeletal form.

Adhering to the traditions of a folly, although like a building, it provides no practical protection, only offering spatial definition. Visitors are invited to inhabit this semi-sheltered enclosure and perhaps imagine being inside the belly of a stranded whale. The large cantilevered arch or ‘nose’  trembles lightly in wind, implicating the condition of living creatures and the transience of flesh, while the colourful translucent mesh ‘skin’ offers an interface between the visitor and the surrounding landscape.

Experimenting with non-traditional materials for the project in using PE piping for the structural elements, the fabrication of this Folly was an evolving journey of research and continual prototyping to celebrate lightweight construction where tension is predominant to achieve a unique and elegant aesthetic.

2017 PINOT GRIS - NEW RELEASE

The 20th vintage of our classic Pinot Gris … fruit from our 23 year-old vines produced layered aromas of nashi pear, kiwifruit and almond, sumptuous midpalate with notes of pear, grapefruit, a hint of mango and lime with a crisp clean finish.

Harvest date: 5-6 March 2017
Bottling date: 20 November 2017
Composition:100% Pinot Gris
Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 7.4, pH: 3.2, RS: 18g
Quantity: 246 cases

Find out more and purchase a bottle online.

Reviews:

Cameron Douglas, Mater Sommelier

Distinctive pure fruited bouquet of Gris with aromas of D'Anjou pear, apple, a hint of quince and gentle pear-skin spice layer; attractive and alluring. Just dry on the palate with a gentle creamy texture from a whisper of residual sugar; the acidity kicks in quickly to add contrast and texture as well as freshness. Flavours reflect the nose with a lush and fleshy tree fruits & some white stone fruit notes. Lengthy finish with a light spice note.  94 Points

Michael Cooper, Master Sommelier

At its best, this estate-grown wine is weighty, rich and rounded. Hand-harvested and lees-aged, it is made in an off-dry style. The 2017 vintage is mouthfilling, with a fragrant bouquet of pears and spices. Still youthful, it is strongly varietal, with good intensity of lively pear, lychee and spice flavours, dryish and finely balanced. Best drinking 2019+.

 

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Lotus Bloom

Join us in February to view the spectacular Lotus Bloom - Free!

7 - 16 February (weekdays only), 10am - 12pm.

The Lotus Bloom sits at the base of the Virginia King ‘Koru’ earthwork sculpture made to celebrate the essence and joy of life at Brick Bay, North Auckland.

Set on private land, this is a rare opportunity to explore both Kings ‘Koru’ and also the ‘Raupo Rattler’ a percussive bridge crossing the wetland.

This is a moderate walk requiring good walking shoes rather than sandals, jandals or heels!

Note that there are bodies of water so children will need to be actively supervised.

The terrain is unsuitable for pushchairs, but backpacks & front packs will be fine.

Please check in at The Glass House upon arrival to receive your map and directions. We recommend booking a table at The Glass House Restaurant to enjoy coffee & cake, a wine tasting or lunch after you’ve explored this special place.

The Glass House Restaurant,  open daily 10am-5pm   

Phone 09 425 4690, 17 Arabella Lane, Snells Beach. Bookings recommended.

 

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Vineyard update

After an exceptionally wet winter, summer arrived early in our region with record-breaking December temperatures and widespread drought-like conditions. The sub-tropical storm which recently hammered the country was early enough in the vintage to have little effect on the grapes, although if it had been a month later we might not have been so sanguine.

Too much rain close to harvest can cause fruit splitting and open up the grape to disease.

The hot days are now pushing many of the grape varieties into veraison, where the fruit starts to soften and change colour. It’s a busy time in the vineyard as we have to decide on the amount of fruit we believe each vine can ripen, and remove excess crop and any shading leaves from around the bunches. The precious fruit is then netted to ward off the ravaging birds, which seem particularly voracious this year.

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The Geometric Totem Pole

When arriving at Brick Bay you will be entranced by the large scale ‘The Geometric Totem Pole’ proudly marking the entrance way to The Glass House. This new Leon van den Eijkel work which was installed via hiab and crane in late December, is a striking work made from steel and finished with high gloss automotive paint. For the past 28 years van den Eijkel has produced light boxes, sculptures, paintings and multimedia installations that utilise reflective surfaces and colours that are often based on his continuing dialogue between his Dutch homeland and the Pacific. Find out more about the work here.

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Phantom Fleet Vessel I

The waka huia shaped Phantom Fleet Vessel I by Virginia King is gracing our waters peacefully, levitating miraculously just above the pond's surface. King says "While the vessel suggests boat hulls and empty seed pods associated with water and land, the work also makes reference to migration, endurance and loss. The sculpture alludes to immigrants deprivation and abandonment, and refers to rising sea levels and the urgency of addressing global warming." Virginia has exhibited a raft of sublime works over the last decade on the sculpture trail, and recently been in hot demand behind the scenes working on private commissions which have been co-ordinated and managed by the Brick Bay Sculpture Trust. This experience has culminated in the creation of a delicate skeletal form alluding to the nautical, anatomical and the botanical. Come and visit this Christmas to experience this sophisticated and elegant work, before it’s acquired by one very lucky collector.

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Virginia Leonard at Brick Bay

Red Bed  and Cream are Virginia Leonard's first foray into the outside elements. Virginia states, "As the work gets larger and the construction becomes more important I find it is essential to retain the gestural nature within the work. Therefore the glaze, lustre and the resin becomes more loose and painterly. I am trying to create work that has the looseness of painting with the formality of ceramics. I intended the lustres, the gold and the silver to create tension in the work with the unexpected nature of these materials out in the bush".

Leonard's evocative ceramics are honest self-portraits that address her experiences of chronic pain and bodily scarring. Leonard is interested in pushing the clay and glazes beyond their limits to within an inch of cracking, splitting or just about to collapse under its own weight. Recent exhibitions include Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary 2017, and Virginia was the invited artist in Residence, Guldagergaard, Denmark 2017.  Leonard is concurrently exhibiting in Pulse Miami this weekend with Mindy Solomon Gallery and in February 2018 she will be creating a large scale installation at Artgeneve.  As she is exhibiting internationally, Brick Bay Sculpture Trail is humbled to be the only venue that has her work available for viewing and immediate acquisition in the wider Auckland isthmus.

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