Tasting table Kiwi and Australian wines sampled

09 February, 2007

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Gris, Marlborough, 2006

Supplier: Hatch Mansfield

An elegant, dry white with pleasing citrus notes and hints of minerality. A great example of what the Pinot Gris grape can produce in the right conditions. RE

Lindemans Bin 25 Brut Cuvée NV

Supplier: Foster's EMEA

A blend of sparkling grape varieties, pale gold with fine bubbles.

The yeasty aroma on the nose is followed by complex tropical fruit on the palate, with crisp acidity and a dry finish.RE

Esk Valley Estate Black Label Riesling, Hawke's Bay, 2005

Supplier: Hatch Mansfield

This delicate, pale lemon liquid has a deceptive appearance. A knock-your-socks-off blast of petrol on the nose is followed by delicate citrus fruit on the palate. Dry and delicious. RE




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