Just in case you thought there was nothing more to New Zealand wine than Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and to be honest you might be forgiven for being thus misinformed, here’s a few impressive white Marlborough alternatives which Waitrose will stocking in the coming months.
A tri0 of 45% Pinot Gris, 45% Gewürztraminer and 10% Riesling make up the blend with the Gewürz being the most showy. With its spicy, lychee and lemongrass flavours The Tangle is a perfect match for Thai food.
Now you see, this is what Pinot Gris should taste like. Bland, usually Italian, Pinot Grigios do so give this grape a bad name. This one is all pear and stone fruit, delicate flavours but with a mouth-filling texture such that it would work equally well with fish and white meats.
Along with grapefruit and an herby aroma, I could not get the smell of Moules Marinères out of my head when I tasted this so guess what I will be serving with it! There is definitely a saline mineral edge to its freshness. It’s zesty and really tasty.
And of course the Sauvignons should still get a mention because we do so love ’em too. For textbook Sauvignon go for Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon 2013 £16.99 and for something more easy-drinking and crowd-pleasing The Doctor’s Sauvignon 2013 from Forrest Estate at £8.99 is an unusually off-dry style which will go down well for day-time drinking in the sun.
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