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Teaming Up to Introduce Kiwis to the Language of Sailing

Emirates Team New Zealand are being supported by Brancott Estate through the launch of a limited-edition bottle series which aims to also introduce Kiwi’s to the language of nautical flags.

Emirates Team New Zealand member, Glenn Ashby says the team are excited for Kiwis to gain a better understanding of the language of sailing which comes second nature to the Emirates Team New Zealand team as strive toward victory in the 2021 America’s Cup.

“Maritime flags have been used to communicate in the sailing community for hundreds of years and we’re excited about introducing New Zealanders to our language and bringing them a little closer into our world.” Says Ashby.

“Brancott Estate has captured the different roles within Emirates Team New Zealand in a fantastic way. Seeing the community show an appreciation and interest in what drives us through the language of sailing is not only humbling but gives us more motivation as we come closer to taking on the world at the 2021 America’s Cup,” he says.

Brancott Estate Chief Winemaker, and keen amateur sailor, Patrick Materman said, “As a creative team who looks to do things differently and embraces forward-thinking, we see a strong link between ourselves and Emirates Team New Zealand.  We are proud to be helping bring New Zealanders together in support of their journey to defend the America’s Cup title.”

Emirates Team New Zealand were hosted in Marlborough by Patrick during the 2019 harvest, where they learned more about the parallels between winemaking and high-performance sailing, in particular the need to work with the natural conditions rather than against them.

With Brancott Estate as the exclusive wine supplier to Emirates Team New Zealand, the limited edition labels are shared with Kiwis on two of the brands most popular wines, Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Brancott Estate South Island Pinot Noir 2018. The Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 vintage was awarded with a gold at both the New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 and the New Zealand Wine of the Year 2018 Awards making this a power paring.

Brancott Estate Emirates Team New Zealand Limited Edition wines are available in stores from today.


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