One of the iconic wineries in New Zealand, located in a quaint little town over the hill from Wellington. Picked up this bottle at the village’s wine centre on a rainy afternoon. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a bottle of wine like this on the eve of Chinese New Year without any of my loved ones around. Bright purplish red with a red cherry rim and thin pale meniscus. Floral, perfumed, ripe macerated red fruits and white pepper on the nose. Dark chocolate bits, cedar, tart black berries, black olives and five spice on the palate; tasty; savoury. Smooth ripe tannins. Medium to medium-plus acidity and finish. Has aging potential. Should be interesting to taste this again in 10 years time.
Pale yellow core with shades of bright green hue; lime peel, fresh stoned fruits, floral tones on the nose. Off-dry, ripe lime, mineral, fresh ripe guava, slightly spicy, clean and crisp. Medium to medium-plus finish; medium-plus acidity. Only 11.5% v/v. This is one of the only six producers in NZ who grows this variety and I possibly find this interesting based on that very fact. The botrytis version of this is pretty good too – not cloyingly sweet with sufficient acidity to cut through the
sweetness stickiness (and with a somewhat long finish). Margrain carries a huge portfolio (about 14 wines produced) for such a small vineyard. Not easy feat I’d say but most of the other wines lack a little focus I’m afraid.
at just $23.99 at New World, this bubbly exceeded all my expectations: brilliant, deep yellow core; fine bubbles; creamy, nutty tones; ripe stoned fruit profile. Fresh and lively. Can’t compare to my all time favourite really but then I could easily buy four bottles of this NZ bubbly instead of a bottle of Champagne. An excellent aperitif with some canapes.