Auckland based online wine retailer Rewined (www.rewined.co.nz) has noted an interesting trend in the buying habits of Kiwi wine drinkers. Their analysis of the differences between wine purchasing numbers from 2012 to 2013 shows a 50 per cent increase in the number of New Zealanders buying wine from international producers.
According to New Zealand high commissioner for the UK sir Lockwood Smith, 2013 was one of the best vintages in recent history for the New Zealand wine industry. Smith opened yesterday's New Zealand wine tasting in London where 400 wines from 75 Kiwi producers were showcased.
This is a very interesting blend ofand styles of Sauvignong Blanc. The nose shows the feline aromas so common in Kiwi wines, with tropical fruits, passionfruit, dragon fruit, and fried plantains, more familiar in wines from northern California. Tropical fruits are prevalent on the palate, too, keeping the passionfruit, the fried [...]
Cloudy Bay have been setting the benchmark for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc since 1985 - often imitated, rarely bettered. Their 2013 initially displays a powerful nose of gooseberry fruit and elderflower....the typical notes for New Zealand Sauvignon. However, going back to the glass after a minute or two reveals a deeper, richer tone of white peaches and passion fruit which hint at something far above the average Kiwi Sauvignon. The palate is vibrant and racy - in fact it fairly zings …
…Americans and even San Franciscans, were generally more favorable toward the Kiwi team than the American. But something shifted and a winning streak ensued. To have been witness to this historic event, a first in sailing history, is quite something.
I am extremely proud to have had our winery play a small part in all of this. It took a lot of work, but it was worth it. But mostly I'm grateful for the contacts made, the friendships forged and the opportunity to share the excitement …
the last just adding the colour. Very healthy.. .
A light lunch of Münsterrösti with Matjes and Gurkensalat...and an alcohol free cocktail...the green being Spinach. Then a cigar and some Raspberry cake...just been made... I had the first piece.
Hardly had a rest...so I was down in the restaurant before I knew it.
Gebratenes Zander mit etwas Spitzkraut-Kurbis-Gemüse…
…available. My bottle was delivered by the Wine Society for £11.95.
The wine is incredibly appley. Shut your eyes and you could be eating a crisp Royal Gala. A hint of flat champagne when first opened (too cold, straight from the fridge), it evolved as the apples warmed and added nutmeg, elderflower, and cream. It is an apple strudel in a glass. Definitely worth a try if you used to like Kiwi SB and you think Blue Nun was under-rated.
More often than not, food and wine pairing seems to me no more than hypnotism without the swinging watch. Some Authoritative Personality tells us thatgoes well with pesto because both are herbaceous. So I pull out a crisp Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, sauce some pasta, and decide that the two taste good together. [...]