March 2015 Meeting - New Zealand Wines

Stuart & Jean hosted this meeting, sheich toured both North and South islands of New Zealand with a varied selection of wines. The wines were...


The White Wines


WAIRAU COVE Chardonnay 2013 - This North Island Chardonnay comes from Gisborne on the East coast. A fresh tasting white that leaps out of the glass with Lemon, Spiced Pineapple and juicy stone fruit aromas and flavours. A great accompaniment to grilled chicken and hearty fish dishes.

12.5% Alcohol Volume. Tesco


VILLA MARIA PRIVATE BIN Gewurztraminer 2013-  East Coast grapes from both North and South Island, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. The nose is brimming with classic aromas of lychees and spice, which follow through to the full bodied, fruity palate. Low acidity levels give the wine a rich soft, almost off dry finish. Goes well aromatically spiced Asian dishes (will not partner chilli spices).

13.5% Alcohol Volume. Majestic


MARISCO VINYARDS The Ned Pinot Grigio 2014 - Waihopai Valley Marlborough, South Island.

A nose of pear drop, blossom and nectarine leading to a palate that is softer, richer and more tropical in flavour than its European counterpart. Lovely purity of fruit with smooth finish.

This will taste great alongside all manner of fresh salads and creamy pastas.

14% Alcohol Volume.  Majestic


The Red Wines


BRANCROTT  ESTATE. Pinot Noir 2013 - Marlborough, South Island.

Pinot Noir is not the easiest grape to get right, but this New Zealand red is silky soft, with intense red cherry fruit aromas. Velvet soft, there are layers of ripe red fruit flavours too. Perfect with mushroom risotto

13% Alcohol Volume. Tesco


GIESEN ESTATE. Merlot 2012 - Wairau Valley Marlborough, East Coast South Island.

An easy going and inviting Merlot offering plenty of cassis and plum fruit, overlayed with subtle hints of earth, mocha and vanilla.  Soft in feel with plush tannins providing structure and length. Great with all manner of red meat dishes.

12.5% Alcohol Volume. Majestic


BEN MOVEN VINEYARDS. The Ned Pinot Noir 2013 - Marlborough, Southern Valleys, South Island.

With a subtle smoky character and rounded red berry fruit aromas, on the palate this wine is warming and rich, encompassing every corner of the mouth and leaving a long and smooth finish. This wine is great with roast chicken, duck or turkey.

14% Alcohol Volume. Majestic


The Pudding Wine


MARISCO VINEYARDS.  The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (Half Bottle) - Waihopai River, Marlborough, South Island.

Intensely sweet, yet balanced with a crisp citrus and fresh melon flavours. Lingers long on the palate. An amazing match for gorgonzola or rich pates.

10% Alcohol Volume. Majestic