A wine for everyone

Today's assortment is a trio of terrifically tasty twosomes.

Phew, now that we have gotten the alliteration out of the way, we can focus on the wines.

The term Fume dates back to many 20th-century expressions of sauvignon blanc. These two show an alternative, food-friendly side to the variety.

Two Marlborough pinot noirs follow from what many regard as a superlative year for the region.

Finally, we have two powerful Australian reds to cuddle up to on these cool nights. Something for everyone.

 

 

2013 Riverby Estate
Single Vineyard
Marlborough
Sav Blanc Semillon

Price: $27
Rating: Excellent to
outstanding

Super complex nose with notes of smoky bramble, citrus, pea pod and spice, adding flecks of gooseberry and asparagus. Creamy richness yet fresh vibrancy too, lemon and orange citrus notes. Celery and sweet pea/pea pod. Great balance, building zestiness with long finish.

www.riverbyestate.com

 

2019 Kahurangi Estate
Mt Arthur Reserve
Nelson
Fume Blanc

Price: $22.95
Rating: Very Good to
excellent

Hints of musk shift to warm baguette, fruit pastille and asparagus. Sweetly fruited, the asparagus joined by grassy hints and a little bittersweet fruit kernel note on the long close. Racy acidity adds to the refreshment factor,. Chewy grip adds mouthfeel.

www.kahurangiwine.com

 

2019 Riverby Estate
Single Vineyard
Marlborough
Pinot Noir

Price: $27
Rating: Excellent

Pencil shavings, lead pencil, fragrant & floral with a little wild herb. Adds raspberry,acid drops, whole bunch stalk nuances, a grainy element. Nice pinosity: this is not trying to be a bruiser, but has lovely balance, fine, integrated tannins, growing creaminess and super easy drinkability already.

www.riverbyestate.com

 

2019 Mills Reef
Reserve
Marlborough
Pinot Noir

Price: $24.95
Rating: Very good to
excellent

Raspberry, plum, darker fruits and savoury element topped with oak spices, wood shavings. Palate: medium-bodied with powerful ripe tannins and  youthful sappiness. Long, dry finish. Brash, youthful, lots of ingredients. Best with food now. Potential.

www.millsreef.co.nz

 

2016 Taylor’s
St Andrews Clare Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $65
Rating: Excellent to
outstanding

Powerfully dusty nose, oak scents/cedar, eucalyptus ,berryfruit, warmth of the summer sun. Deep, powerful brooding, darker fruits, crushed leaf,  ripe not over-sweet, with the tannins  melded in. Loganberry hints on the long finish. Like being wrapped up in a big, cuddly blanket.

www.taylorswines.com.au

 

2016 Taylor’s
St Andrews Clare Valley
Shiraz

Price: $65
Rating: Excellent

Intense nose of wood shavings, spices, vanilla,raspberry and berryfruit. Smoke and spices take the lead on the powerfully, sweet-fruited palate, with blackberry, dark berry and minty hints evolving with aeration. This comes across as lush and supple before tannins and acidity kick in. 

www.taylorswines.com.au

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