2009 Fromm Winery Riesling Spatlese, Marlborough, NZ

2009 Fromm Winery La Strada Riesling Spatlese Light straw core with a clear meniscus. Floral, white flowers, fresh lime peel and a touch of white pepper on the nose. Off-dry to medium sweet, ripe limes, and fresh apricots. Juicy. Medium acidity; medium-minus finish. Not a very complex Riesling (at present) given its young age but quite pleasurable. Sugar/acid balance is there as it wasn’t cloyingly sweet and still left my palate feeling clean after a few sips. Quite Mosel-like – at least I thought so.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2009

I fell in love with new zealand sauvignon blancs six years ago when I first tasted one at NewAsiaBar in Singapore with a bunch of friends. We were so captivated by the alluring lychee aromas that we went out searching for the same bottle the following day after the party. And when I opened this bottle a few days ago over some Thai dinner with LiqLushLeanne, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when I discovered the lychee aroma that seemed to be more elusive these days đŸ™‚

Appearance: Bright straw colour with pale rim.

Nose: Medium (+) intensity, pronounced aromas of lychee and pink guava, with distinctive new world gooseberry, herbaceous notes.

Palate/ Flavour: Dry, medium (+), crisp, refreshing acidity, low tannins and medium finish. Bursting with citrus (more lime than lemon) flavours and mineral notes. Prominent tastes of green apples and green papayas.

Overall: Absolutely wonderful with the sourish thai mango salad and spicy (mild) red curry with pork. Classic new zealand sauvignon blanc that’s value for money (I paid only USD16nett for a bottle).