Wine Pick

I’ve chosen a mix of wines to suit the change of season. Crisp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc practically oozes sunshine and is the perfect match for summer seafood dishes. Luscious Pinot Gris is a cross-season wine. So is Pinot Noir, truly a wine for all seasons, while the richer Merlot Cabernet is a reminder to dust off the barbecue.

Babich Lone Tree 2010 Merlot Cabernet $15

Soft, smooth red at a cheap and cheerful price but batting above its weight thanks, perhaps, to an above average vintage. Appealing berry and plum flavours and a bone dry finish – perfect for most red meat dishes – view on

Trinity Hill 2010 Merlot, Hawke’s Bay $19

Fresh, fruity, soft-textured red in an appealing and very drinkable style. Supple, elegant wine with plum, berry and spicy oak flavours. Delicately aromatic. Honest, attractive red that’s been made with a light touch. Enjoy with pasta and rich red meat sauce. – view on

Auntsfield 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $24

Bright gooseberry, lemon grass, passion fruit and red capsicum flavours with a hint of chalky mineral character. Concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with an ethereal texture and lingering finish. Serious wine for special occasions. Great with smoked salmon. – view on

Neudorf 2011 Pinot Gris, Nelson $30

Rich, creamy textured Pinot Gris with succulent pear/tree fruits and Oriental spices that build on the finish. Texturally perfect with seductively layered flavours that include a suggestion of bush honey and wild flowers. Very food-friendly and great on its own. – view on

Felton Road 2011 Calvert Vineyard Pinot Noir, Central Otago $67

Dense, elegant Pinot Noir with a deliciously haunting perfume and silken texture to die for. Floral, red fruits and mixed spice flavours. Liner and exceptionally long with exciting energy. Guaranteed to impress even the fussiest wine enthusiast. – view on

First published in Taste Magazine NZ – Sep 2012.

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