This is the line up we enjoyed at our last supper evening. I thought the Rabbit Ranch matched the fragrance of the fresh salmon-salad starter superbly (incredible aromas/flavours in the salad, by the way, well done Tony), the Dreadnought a terrific match with the spiced beef and the Aria sweet wine, superb with the cheeses! But best most truly memorable wine on the night for me was the Bel Canto! Amazing.
There`s a wine here for everyone / every occasion.
Mahi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2010, “aromatic, fresh”, £12.99
Elegant mouth watering aromatic style, partially barrel-fermented using natural yeast ferments. Characteristics: gooseberries, blackcurrants, herbs, limes, ample acidity, smoke. NB. We had a run on this wine on Saturday and not many bottles left until i buy in again.
Rabbit Ranch Pinot Gris, Central Otago 2008, “leaps from the glass!”, £15.99
In the extreme conditions of Central Otago the spiced pear character of Pinot Gris acquires peach and honeysuckle and a fine minerality.
Man O War Valhalla Chardonnay, Waiheke 2009, “golden, beautiful”, £28.99
One of NZ`s best Chardonnays, whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak barrels, this is gorgeous stuff: golden, like sunshine, complex, savoury and ripe-tasting. A small amount of noble berries are thrown into the mix adding a touch of intriguing apricot marmalade. Love this wine!
Pegasus Bay Bel Canto `Dry Riesling` Waipara 2009 “a noble wine”, £18.99
Late harvest botrytised Riesling in a dry style which is concentrated, powerful and complex. Bright citrus flavours slice through nectarine, peach and tropical fruits. Amazing.
Rabbit Ranch Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2008, “savour and sup”, £18.99
Produced on what used to be a sheep station and the glacial riverbed that flowed through the Cromwell area, this now arid land, with its stony soils and high population of rabbits, produces a fruity-rich style of Pinot Noir with a note of “gun smoke”.
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir, Waipara 2008, “richness and texture”, £24.99
One of the most fruity, succulent red-fruited Pinots I tasted in NZ. 18 months in barrel give this wine a silky richness which is divine. Wild cherry and raspberries mingle with roast game, mushroom, black olive and liquorice in a heady rush of savoury and sweet which is heavenly.
Man O War Dreadnought, Waiheke 2008, “Decanter 5 Star Award”, £28.99
Hedonism personified in my book. Love this wine. Its blackberry-blueberry fruit profile is touched with floral, violet fragrance and white pepper. There`s a hint of game too. On the palate it`s layered and textural with a bright vibrancy and hint of spice which is gorgeous!
Man O War Ironclad, Waiheke 2009, “Decanter 5 Star Award”, £28.99
Superb Bordeaux blend full of sweet ripe fruit, red berries and blackcurrants, with hints of floral perfume, tobacco and cedar. Vibrant palate, rich texture, a powerful structure coated in luxuriant fruit. An engaging wine, will benefit from decanting.
Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2008, “nectar of the gods”, £22.99
Late harvest botrytised fruit – this time producing a superb “peaches and apricots” sweet wine, one nonetheless with the backbone and citric acidity of Bel Canto. Nectar of the gods is right!