New Zealand wine is largely produced in ten major wine growing regions, most of which are found on the eastern coastlines of the North and South Islands, in the rain shadow of the mountains. The vineyards benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate (no vineyard is more than 80 miles, from the ocean), long sunshine hours and nights cooled by sea breezes. The major producing region, and the most well-known, is Marlborough, concentrating on its unique styling of Sauvignon Blanc. As we will see this Saturday, the Pinot Noir of this region is quite good, as well. All but one of the wines we are having are from Marlborough except for one from the Nelson region.
2013 The Doctors’ Riesling, Marlborough
List price 16.00; Our price 13.99
This off-dry style of Riesling indicates that New Zealand is more than a mono-varietal producer as other European varietals are grown here also. This is a nicely balanced wine between sweetness and acidity, projecting itself with lime citrus and green apple notes. To further its exotic impression there are additional flavors of apricots and mango along with spicy elements.
2014 Old Coach Road Chardonnay, Nelson
List price 16.00; Our price 13.99
The Old Coach Road Chardonnay has plenty of warm oak and ripe fruit on the nose. The palate delivers with ripe nectarine, apricot, melon and butterscotch flavors, with fine oak tannins defining the palate and leaving a sense of nuttiness in the finish.
2014 Tiki Sauvignon Blanc, Single Vineyard, Marlborough
List price 22.00; Our price 18.99
The ripe, full flavors and tight structure of the palate reflect the intrinsic attributes of the Upper Wairau Valley vineyards. Blending the best fruit from the three Tiki vineyards has created a spectrum of flavors, from ripe tropical passion fruit, through gooseberry, to peach and lime zest characters. . It is concentrated and intense on the palate, while showing excellent balance and drinkability. It is refreshing, attractive and very long on the finish.
2016 Tiki Pinot Noir Rosé, Marlborough
List price 25.00; Our price 22.50
The nose is floral with aromatic scents of strawberries and background notes of dark cherries. It is a well- balanced wine with a luscious palate weight. Made from free run Pinot noir, this wine has a lovely soft texture balanced by moderate acidity. The intense flavors linger on the palate well after the wine has been consumed.
2015 Takā Pinot Noir, Marlborough
List price 20.00; Our price 14.99
The second most produced wine on New Zealand is Pinot Noir and this example indicates the direction of its styling. It’s full of bright berry fruit flavors, a hint of judiciously spiced oak and continues to a wonderfully smooth delicious finish.
2013 Lake Chalice Pinot Noir, Marlborough
List price 25.00; Our price 19.99
This Pinot shows aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry, with subtle savory notes on the nose. It is medium bodied with a soft, full palate. It has well balanced acidity, supple tannins and flavors that linger. Dark berries and ripe cherry with hints of violets are apparent on the nose and flow through to the palate. The wine is well supported by its fine grained oak tannins.
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