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 …
A New Zealand wine industry pioneer has won this year's 2013 Rabobank leadership award for his five-decade contribution to bringing international recognition to the Kiwi nation's winegrape sector. Sir George Fistonich received the award for his outstanding contribution to agribusiness at a Melbourne dinner last night.
…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.
This year could turn out to be a vintage year for Sam Neill. Not only is the 65-year-old Kiwi actor currently on both our large and small screens, he's also got an impressive lineup of television and cinema projects scheduled for release in the next 12 months and this year's harvest from his Central Otago winery has resulted in a bumper crop.
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. [...]
From a background in geology and the oil industry, Oleg, with his Kiwi winemaker Jacq Kemp, is creating wines that celebrate the history of his terroir—and you can taste the mineral notes across his portfolio.
The Cliffhanger White 2011 ($14.00) is a blend of Pinot Gris and Viognier, offering quite intense fruit aromas , a crisp texture, flavours of citrus and green apple with a touch of minerality through the tangy finish.
The Pinot Gris 2011 ($21.00) spent 2-3 months on the …